Dubai maids top wage list

Sur­vey looks at do­mes­tic worker pack­ages

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ma­hak Mannan @Ma­hakLFC ma­hak@7days.ae

Av­er­age salaries for do­mes­tic work­ers in Dubai are the high­est among the Gulf, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey.

HelperChoice, an on­line agency that con­nects po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers and do­mes­tic helpers on­line, found the av­er­age wage in Dubai was Dhs1,697 and Dhs1,592 for the UAE as a whole.

The global sur­vey of 2,000 job of­fers by the Hong Kong-based agency found the next high­est was Saudi Ara­bia at Dhs1,582 then Qatar at Dhs1,580.

Kuwait was the low­est at Dhs1,425, the sur­vey found.

Wages vari­a­tions in the Far East were sim­i­lar, with Sin­ga­pore­based em­ploy­ers pay­ing Dhs1,605 on av­er­age and in Hong Kong the av­er­age was Dhs2,082.

How­ever, HelperChoice founder Laurence Fau­chon said the to­tal pack­age paid by an em­ployer is usu­ally sig­nif­i­cantly more.

She said: “The to­tal cost to em­ploy­ers varies de­pend­ing on a num­ber of fac­tors, in­clud­ing do­mes­tic work­ers’ na­tion­al­i­ties and the fees set by govern­ments in each Gulf coun­try.”

In ad­di­tion to wages, one-off and an­nual costs that em­ploy­ers need to pay add up to more than Dhs10,000 in the UAE, in­clud­ing ex­penses such as agency fees, work­ers’ air­fares, med­i­cal fit­ness tests, visa fees and re­fund­able de­posits.

Fau­chon said: “Ad­di­tion­ally, the pack­ages of­fered gen­er­ally ex­clude ben­e­fits and bonuses. Many em­ploy­ers raise wages af­ter a pe­riod of em­ploy­ment.” Coun­tries with large ex­pat pop­u­la­tions set a min­i­mum wage for do­mes­tic staff. The min­i­mum is Dhs750 for a Bangladeshi, Dhs850 for a Sri Lankan, Dhs900 for a Nepali, Dhs1,100 for an In­dian and Dhs1,468 for a Filipino.

Di­nesh Ku­mar, First Sec­re­tary at the In­dian Em­bassy in Abu Dhabi, said there are plans to raise the In­dian min­i­mum wage for do­mes­tic work­ers in the UAE.

He said: “The min­i­mum should be higher than what it cur­rently is but it de­pends on the mar­ket and eco­nomic con­di­tions.

“The gov­ern­ment of In­dia will re­vise this wage at some point in the fu­ture based on other fac­tors, like ex­pen­di­ture, mar­ket sta­tus, ev­ery­day costs and so on.”

1,697 The av­er­age do­mes­tic worker’s wage in dirhams

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