Hilton will provide support to female staff in Saudi Arabia to get their driving license, following the announcement that women in the country will be allowed to drive.
Hilton will provide paid time-off for women to attend driving lessons, as well as reimbursement for a standard set of driving lessons and the license issuance fee.
For those who already hold driving licenses from other countries, Hilton will also assist with the license conversion cost. The support package will be available to Hilton’s female employees until the end of 2019.
“We welcome the move to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia,” Julia Miller, director of compensation & benefits, Middle East & Africa, Hilton said.
“In line with Vision 2030, this is another step to open up the country that will encourage more women to join the workforce. At Hilton, we are always looking for ways to empower our Team Members and create world-class rewards and benefits. We have a fantastic group of female Team Members in Saudi Arabia and we are pleased to be encouraging them to take advantage of the new driving rules in the Kingdom.”
Fawaz Moumina, regional director of human resources, Saudi Arabia, Hilton, said: “As a Saudi national and Hilton Team Member I am very proud to be part of a company supporting Saudi women at such a landmark moment. At Hilton, we aim to empower our female talent and inspire them to work towards leadership roles.”
Hilton is committed to supporting female employees and aims to increase the number of female leaders. As part of this commitment, Hilton held a ‘Women in Leadership’ conference for its team members in Saudi Arabia in April. Last year, the company also announced the introduction of a minimum of 12 weeks’ fully-paid maternity leave for team members in the Middle East and Africa.