Salary bar raised for sponsoring a maid
Those with less than Dh25,000 income can hire via Tadbeer
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.
■ The new salary requirement for employing house maids has been introduced to ensure greater job security for domestic workers. Picture for illustrative purposes only.