Nearly 30,000 applications have been received for a job advert looking to recruit female train drivers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Independent reports notoriously conservative middle-eastern Kingdom has been pushing to give more chances to women and the job application has had a massive response.

Spanish railway operator Renfe said nearly it had reduced the number of applications down to around 30,000 from nearly double that number and it intends to work through those by the middle of March.

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The candidates face tough odds though as there are just 30 positions.

The successful candidates will drive bullet trains between the cities of Mecca and Medina after they complete their year-long training course.

At the moment, the company has 80 male drivers and is training 50 more.

The country only allowed women to drive in 2018 and is now presiding over a drive to allow women to do jobs previously dominated by men.

Women had previously been limited to working in roles like teachers and medical workers, as they had to observe strict gender medical rules.

The number of women working was around half the amount of men at 34.1 percent n the third quarter last year, with female unemployment more than three times higher than that of men at 21.9 per cent.

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