30 of­fices to hire work­ers; salaries as per na­tion­al­ity


the board for a re­cruit­ment com­pany, es­ti­mated that re­cruit­ment of­fices will rent maids for SR2,500 a month for a pe­riod of three months, while the wages will be de­creased to SR1,500 if her ser­vice is trans­ferred to other spon­sors. The of­fice bears the to­tal re­cruit­ment costs in­clud­ing the visas fees. Yahya Al Maq­bool, chair­man of the Re­cruit­ment Com­mit­tee at the Jed­dah Cham­ber of Com­merce, said the decision hasn’t been im­ple­mented on the ground yet, but a num­ber of re­cruit­ment of­fices have al­ready filed their ap­pli­ca­tions to the min­istry and wait­ing for a decision. He pointed out that this decision re­quires of­fices and lo­ca­tions to be pre­pared; of­fices also need to pre­pare the work­ers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion and must pay the value of in­sur­ance for the work­ers. Ma­jed Al-Haqqas, spokesman for re­cruit­ment of­fices, said the list is not oblig­a­tory, given that the ma­jor­ity of of­fices think that us­ing it is not vi­able for in light of the difficulty of pay­ing SR5,000 in­sur­ance for each worker, in ad­di­tion to bear­ing the gov­ern­ment fees in re­la­tion to mov­ing the spon­sor­ship and trans­fer­ring the fees. Hus­sein Al-Harthi, a re­cruit­ment of­fice owner, ex­pects the cost of do­mes­tic re­cruit­ment to be set be­tween SR2,500 and SR3,000, in ad­di­tion to a sum of SR18,000 for mov­ing the spon­sor­ship over from the re­cruit­ment of­fice to the owner. He said that around 12 of­fices have al­ready filed their ap­pli­ca­tions to the Min­istry of La­bor. The sys­tem has granted each of­fice 200 visas upon the con­di­tion of pay­ing a col­lat­eral of SR5,000 for each worker, re­ported Al-Mad­ina.

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