Glowork

Project Representative
Mr. Khalid Alkhudair
Creation Date: 2011
Headquarters: Saudi Arabia
Geographical Reach: Saudi Arabia
Nature and number of beneficiaries: 30,000 women
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Glowork

About the Project

Glowork is the first women’s employment organization in the Middle East and has launched a platform that links female jobseekers with employers. Glowork’s digital system lists thousands of job opportunities for women in customer service, sales, research and digital marketing. It matches skilled women with opportunities, while devising culturally sensitive technology that allows women to work virtually from home in rural areas and provides an online job portal exclusively for female jobseekers. To facilitate job matchmaking, Glowork has established relationships with Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labour and the Human Resource Development Fund as well as universities and colleges that educate women. Glowork supports women in the job search process by providing career guidance and launched the first licensed career center for women in Saudi Arabia, Glowork also has a headhunting arm that conducts the filtering, screening, mentoring, workshops, and "A Step Ahead" female career fairs which is an annual career fair that is designed to empower women, ranging from senior university students to fresh graduates from around the kingdom. This program effectively supports women to become active agents in today’s booming workforce by enriching their job-hunting skills.
 
To address the gap between the education sector and the labor market, Glowork's board members conduct weekly workshops for women attending university to explore post-graduation opportunities and how to choose a career path. Glowork has established relationships with every university and college that admits women, and they ensure that these institutions are kept abreast of all recent job postings. The organization has also started to address high school girls, to foster independent and career-oriented thinking from an early age.
 
Glowork has also established a virtual offices tool to enable women to work remotely. This tool led Glowork to win the most innovative solution for job creation by the International Labour Organisation, UN and the World Bank. Glowork has placed over 30,000 women throughout the Saudi labor force in the last four years.

Context and Issue

Some 1.2 million women in Saudi Arabia between the ages of 20 and 35 are unemployed, which represents 86 percent of unemployed persons in the country (source Ministry of Labor Saudi Arabia). Sixty percent of women with PHDs are unemployed. Women face various obstacles to joining the labor market including the limitation to drive, segregation laws as well as laws that prohibit women from working in certain sectors and industries.

Solution and Impact

Due to the constraints of the segregation law, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often do not hire women, and Glowork’s virtual office tool enables women to work from home. This creates jobs for those in rural areas and for those with special needs/disabilities. Glowork believes that women starting to work from home and earning a basic income is the first step towards societal transformation in Saudi Arabia.

To facilitate job matchmaking, Glowork has established relationships with Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labour and the Human Resource Development Fund as well as universities and colleges that educate women. Glowork supports women in the job search process by providing career guidance and launched the first licensed career center for women in Saudi Arabia, Glowork also has a headhunting arm that conducts the filtering, screening, mentoring, workshops, and runs “A Step Ahead” which is an annual career fair designed to empower women. This program effectively aids women in becoming active agents in today’s booming workforce by enriching their job-hunting skills.

To address the gap between the education sector and the labor market, Glowork's board members conduct weekly workshops for women attending university to explore post-graduation opportunities and how to choose a career path. Glowork has established relationships with every university and college that educates women, and they ensure that these institutions are kept abreast of all recent job postings. The organization has also started to address high school girls, to foster independent and career-oriented thinking from an early age.

Future Developments

Glowork has partnered with the Ministry of Labor and is on the verge of running a pilot to launch the virtual office-monitoring tool nationwide. Glowork also plans to use unemployment data to find job opportunities for the unemployment and provide a service to employers by filtering, screening and assessing female candidates at no cost to employers.

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