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The number of female employees at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) shot up by 22.6 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year, while the percentage of female employees in leadership positions also increased dramatically, making up around 18 percent of the members of the company’s High Potential (HiPo) leadership program. It is STC’s most important program designed to prepare outstanding employees for leadership positions. Only three years after the company began hiring women, STC now employs around 3,000 female employees.

During the Women’s Forum event held on Wednesday at the STC headquarters in Riyadh, Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser, STC group CEO, said that the accelerating numbers in female recruitment and empowerment reflect STC’s commitment to implementing the company’s “DARE” strategy in accordance with its corporate values, namely dynamism, devotion, and drive, which in turn have been inspired by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Al-Nasser said the empowerment of women is not limited to recruitment and leadership positions, but also comes in the form of opportunities for continuous development. STC is currently working on providing its female employees with easy access to educational resources, aiming to enrich their knowledge and increase their expertise in the areas required to achieve its strategy. He said women are encouraged to be a part of the company’s development programs such as the Specialist Development Program (SDP), noting that female employees represent 33 percent of the organizers of this program.

During the forum, Al-Nasser launched a campaign celebrating the recently initiated women’s board, titled “For Her,” with the aim of promoting STC’s values of dynamism, devotion, and drive, and utilizing them in the service of female employees.

He noted that the framework and objectives of the board during its first session have been completed, and 16 female employees were selected to represent their sectors and to help the company identify the obstacles standing in the way of their female staff. The board will also share its views and suggestions to help the company develop a better work environment. Al-Nasser called on all leaders and colleagues to support this board and the outcomes they reach in order to bring about real change and development.

The chief executive said that STC remained committed to building, developing, and recruiting national talents despite the economic turmoil brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have joined forces

with all sectors, thus ensuring the continuation of the recruitment process.

We have received two batches of recruits from the talent incubation program TIP. We have also recruited experienced specialists to the required positions by utilizing our digital transformation systems and advanced technologies,” Al-Nasser added.