Shoura female members call for equal pay for Saudi women in private sector

A Shoura Council session in progress. (File photo)
Updated 18 January 2018
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Shoura female members call for equal pay for Saudi women in private sector

JEDDAH: Two female Shoura Council members have called on the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to use its supervisory role in the Kingdom’s private sector to close the pay gap between men and women.
The Shoura Council is looking into the recommendation made by Dr. Mody AlKhalaf and Dr. Latifah Ashaalan.
AlKhalaf told Arab News: “We are hoping the committee will include the recommendation in their next report to the Ministry of Labor.”
“It’s our right,” she said. “The law says employees doing equal work should get equal pay. The wage gap based on gender in the private sector has tripled in the last few years, and according to the World Economic Forum Saudi women make 56 percent of what their male peers are making.”
The recommendation compares women’s wages in the Arab World, as well as internationally. Compared to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Saudi ranks last in wage parity. Internationally, the Kingdom ranks at 107 out of 140 countries listed.
“Something needs to be done about it, otherwise that gap will keep growing: 21 percent of citizen account’s registered users are women who are supporting their households, and they deserve equal pay — especially since that is the case in government jobs. The private sector needs to conform to labor laws.”
“Unlike most countries Saudi has a law that protects women’s equal pay rights. In governmental jobs, women get paid the same as their male counterparts without discrimination when holding the same positions/job title. A Saudi male professor is paid the same as a female professor, and so are doctors, teachers, etc. So why aren’t women in the private sector treated the same way?”
The Shoura member is hoping the recommendation, as well as spreading awareness through social media, will help women to realize that they can fight wage inequality and demand equal pay by law. “If nothing else, I’m hopeful it will bring awareness of the issue and make employers and employees more aware of the ‘equal pay for equal work’ law.”


New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

Updated 24 March 2019
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New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

  • More than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018
  • GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh

JEDDAH: New technologies applied in Saudi Arabia's airports has contributed to aviation growth in the Kingdom and has provided solutions for passenger’s trips, air cargo and investments, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has said.

GACA earlier reported an 8 percent increase in passenger numbers and 4 percent in flight rates in 2018.

It said more than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018, compared to 92.42 million passengers on board 741,293 flights in 2017.

"The GACA is keen to adopt plans to develop the Kingdom's airports network in order to keep pace with the steady increase in air traffic, increase the reliability of services, maximize geographic coverage and enhance the contribution of the airports to the overall economic growth of the country," it said.

For example, it said, GACA provides information through technology to reduce paperwork, operating costs and streamline business processes while reducing time to address them.

Most prominent among these e-services is the “Self-Services at the Kingdom's airports” that include check-in kiosks that provide boarding passes and luggage identification cards and self-service baggage drops that allows passengers to self-check their luggage.

It also provides self-scanning devices for bags in the arrival halls, ensuring that all baggage and other cargo arrive at the airport through the installation of electronic gates for the passage of freight vehicles before being emptied into the luggage compartment. 

Electronic gates and document scanning machines ensure that a traveler's information is correct and that boarding passes, passports, national identity and residency are valid.

Other services include airport operations systems and flight information display for some domestic airports.

To ensure accuracy in the flight schedules, GACA said it is working on a project to link the Saudi Arabian Airlines traffic management system to the Airport Management System, of which 50 percent has been completed.

GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh to review the infrastructure projects for airports and smart airports, the available opportunities to operate the airports and provide advanced services and consultations in civil aviation, among others.