Abeer Allam reports for the Financial Times:
For Saudi women the challenges of finding a job are unique. Strict social mores inspired by an austere interpretation of Islam dictate total gender separation in public. Women are required to wear an all-encompassing black robe, or abaya, and most cover their faces.
For the majority of the conservative population, working in a mixed place or where women could be dealing with men carries a social stigma.
Moreover, a ban on women driving and inadequate public transport mean working women have to spend a big chunk of their income on drivers or rely on male relatives.