Salary bar raised for spon­sor­ing a maid

Those with less than Dh25,000 in­come can hire via Tad­beer

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY SAMIR SALAMA As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

Res­i­dents wish­ing to spon­sor a do­mes­tic worker must now earn at least Dh25,000 a month, but those with a lower monthly salary can still re­cruit a Tad­beer-spon­sored worker, an of­fi­cial at the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­source and Emi­rati­sa­tion told Gulf News.

The new salary re­quire­ment, pre­vi­ously only Dh20,000, was meant to en­sure more sta­bil­ity for do­mes­tic work­ers and match the grow­ing cost of their re­cruit­ment, the of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day. He ex­plained that the salary re­quire­ment means that the to­tal house­hold in­come or the monthly salary of ei­ther of the spouses must be at least Dh25,000.

This pri­vate spon­sor­ship re­quires that the spon­sor has to show a salary cer­tifi­cate of Dh25,000, along with his mar­riage cer­tifi­cate, his spouse’s visa (be­cause bach­e­lors can­not hire a do­mes­tic worker), job con­tract, ten­ancy con­tract of the house and elec­tric­ity bill.

Res­i­dents with lower in­come, the of­fi­cial said, can opt for Tad­beer-spon­sored do­mes­tic staff, which will waive the salary re­quire­ment.

“In this case, the res­i­dent who wishes to re­cruit a do­mes­tic worker, will sign a con­tract with Tad­beer, a net­work of re­cruit­ment agents reg­u­lated by the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and Emi­rati­sa­tion. By virtue of the con­tract, the res­i­dent will pay all costs in­volved in ad­di­tion to a monthly salary,” the of­fi­cial said.

Tad­beer of­fers four pack­ages for do­mes­tic worker re­cruit­ment:

■ The first pack­age re­lates to the re­cruit­ment of do­mes­tic work­ers from out­side the coun­try. The re­cruit­ment fee for this pack­age varies for dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties.

Gov­ern­ment fees for en­try visas, ac­com­mo­da­tion and med­i­cal check-ups are also born by the spon­sor.

■ The sec­ond pack­age ap­plies to hir­ing do­mes­tic work­ers who are reg­is­tered for a con­trac­tual pe­riod of six months.

Em­ploy­ers who se­lect this pack­age on a monthly ba­sis will pay monthly fees un­til the end of the six-month pe­riod.

Af­ter the end of the six months, the work­ers will be al­lowed to work as res­i­dent work­ers for their em­ploy­ers or host fam­i­lies, sub­ject to the ap­proval of the par­ties in­volved.

■ The third pack­age in­volves the tem­po­rary re­cruit­ment of do­mes­tic work­ers for a two-year pe­riod.

The work­ers will not be al­lowed to work as res­i­dent work­ers for their em­ploy­ers or fam­i­lies af­ter the set pe­riod.

■ The fourth pack­age fea­tures a flex­i­ble sys­tem for em­ploy­ers, who can hire work­ers on an hourly, daily or weekly ba­sis. The costs are the same for work­ers from all na­tion­al­i­ties at Dh120 for four hours daily, Dh200 for eight hours a day, Dh1,120 for seven days, Dh3,500 for a month.

An­tonin Kelian Kal­louche/Gulf News

■ The new salary re­quire­ment for em­ploy­ing house maids has been in­tro­duced to en­sure greater job se­cu­rity for do­mes­tic work­ers. Pic­ture for il­lus­tra­tive pur­poses only.

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