Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said that narrowing the gender gap is a key priority for the company, which he says has doubled the number of female employees in the past 10 years. It is a wide gap; the Global Energy Talent Index Report (GETI) 2018 found that across the oil and gas industry, only 10% of employees were female.
At the Gulf Region Organisation for Women (GROW) forum, Nasser said Aramco has invested in bringing more women into the company, noting a few key achievements.
“We have been investing in a wide range of programs for many years to enable women to compete, overcome challenges, and achieve their career aspirations," he said. "At Saudi Aramco, we have increased female recruitment to more than 20% of all new hires and doubled the number of women working in our organization over the past 10 years. Meanwhile, in April, we appointed our first female board member.”
Saudi Aramco has also entered into partnerships across the Kingdom with national training institutes to improve the quality of professional and vocational training, such as the first all-female Business Process Services Centre in Riyadh, led by GROW.
GETI Report noted that 46% of women in the oil and gas industry thought flexible working would help attract more talent, and a quarter of women said the gender gap was a major challenge in the industry.
“With the gender and skills gap the industry is facing, companies are going to have to promote a culture that is more supportive of family life,” said Hannah Peet, managing director at Energy Jobline, in the report.