Women rising in Middle East job market

Majority of women feel prospects have improved: survey
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/04/2007

Women in the Middle East are increasingly optimistic about their role in the workplace, and increasingly willing to take responsibility for their own professional advancement, according to a new survey.

The survey conducted by online job site Bayt.com polled women in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and several North African countries. It found that while many women believe men enjoy an advantage in the workplace, more refuse to view themselves as helpless victims of the system.

When asked if work prospects have improved in their home countries, the majority of women said yes. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 28 per cent of those surveyed said that things had improved substantially, with 34 per cent saying they had improved to some extent. In Saudi Arabia, those figures were 27 and 39 per cent, respectively. Omani women were the most optimistic, with a combined 81 per cent citing an improvement.