Saudi Labor Ministry sets conditions for recruitment of house workers

Updated 29 August 2017

Saudi Labor Ministry sets conditions for recruitment of house workers

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has approved a set of conditions for those who wish to hire house workers, be they citizens or residents.
One of the major conditions is that a married citizen should have at least a balance of SR35,000 ($9,333) in his bank account while salaries of residents should not be less than SR10,000 to recruit house workers or drivers.
Based on regulations for granting visas for house workers’ recruitment, the Ministry of Labor has the right to verify the financial position of an applicant to approve or reject, accordingly, the ministry said.
The ministry may give the applicant additional visas (two visas maximum) if the contract of the house workers is 18 months or over with the applicant. Applicants of five-year cards will be treated in accordance with conditions set for Saudi individuals.
On the other hand, the maximum number of visas for a married Saudi citizen is three, including one male house worker. Other categories of jobs allowed for house worker recruitment are female house worker; male house worker; private driver; baby sitter; male cook; female cook; waiter; male nurse and female nurse. Additionally, financial ability of not less than SR5,000 should be ensured on the first visa with a bank balance of SR35,000 which could reach up to SR500,000 on the fifth visa.
The ministry also allowed male and married female residents with salaries above SR10,000 to recruit two house workers under their sponsorship. However, for a bachelor, one house worker may be recruited. Job categories in this case are female house workers, private drivers or baby sitters.
The number of recruitment offices registered with the house worker program (Musanid), one of the ministry’s initiatives, stands at 605, while the number of beneficiaries from the Musanid portal stands at 61,411.

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

Updated 22 March 2019

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.