SL HOUSEMAIDS WORK­ING IN GULF UP BY 16 % IN 2018

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The num­ber of work­ers leav­ing Sri Lanka to take up jobs as housemaids in Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) coun­tries and the Far East had soared by more than 16 per cent in the past year, the Arab News has re­ported. The news re­port said: “Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait and Qatar were the main des­ti­na­tions in the Mid­dle East for do­mes­tic em­ploy­ees com­ing from Sri Lanka, with Ja­pan and South Ko­rea most pop­u­lar in the Far East.

Fig­ures for the ar­eas high­lighted show that a to­tal of 64, 965 peo­ple left Sri Lanka to work as housemaids in 2018, an in­crease from 55,884 the year be­fore. Mad­hava De­shapriya,

Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait and Qatar were the main des­ti­na­tions in the Mid­dle East for do­mes­tic em­ploy­ees com­ing from Sri Lanka

deputy gen­eral man­ager for cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Sri Lanka Bureau of For­eign Em­ploy­ment, told Arab News on Fri­day that the up­ward trend is be­ing put down to re­cruit­ment agen­cies mak­ing salary pay­ments of up to SR6,000 ($1,600) to housemaids in ad­vance of them leav­ing Sri Lanka for their new jobs abroad.

One Sri Lankan re­cruit­ment agent, Ab­dul Rahman, said new laws re­strict­ing work­ing hours for women had en­cour­aged maids to seek out bet­ter-paid jobs in other coun­tries. It is es­ti­mated that there are 1.5 mil­lion Sri Lankans cur­rently work­ing in the Mid­dle East,” it said.

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