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.