MoL opens door to recruit Somali domestic workers

Updated 25 October 2015

MoL opens door to recruit Somali domestic workers

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor (MoL) recently announced the opening of recruiting operations of domestic workers from Somalia while setting terms and conditions.
The ministry has defined the conditions in official letters addressed to the authorities concerned and recruiting offices across the Kingdom, local media reported on Saturday.
The most important of these conditions is that applicants must acquire a certificate from the Somali Ministry of Security stating they have no previous criminal records, besides vaccination certificates against contagious diseases.
Somali health centers will be electronically linked to the Saudi Embassy in Nairobi and the recruiting offices should have license issued by their government and also abide by the rules and regulations while charging the fee to the applicants. Mishari Al-Thufairi, chairman of the recruitment committee at Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was quoted by a local newspaper as saying that recruitment operations of some African countries, including Somalia, are not yet clear in terms of costs of recruitment and also because of a lack of advanced medical examinations before entering the Kingdom.
“The most important step is to solve the many problems facing the local recruitment sector by the Ministry of Labor,” he said. “Some of these issues involve discussing controlling the labor costs of Sri Lanka which reached almost SR25,000, while in some other countries it is only SR10,000.”
Al-Thurairi said the MoL should solve the problems pertaining to recruitment from India and Nepal. This, he said, will positively reflect on the local recruitment sector and citizens will have a bigger choice to hire people.
He said the MoL should involve the committees of all the chambers from across the Kingdom in the decision making process and give them the powers to negotiate with these countries to accelerate the recruitment process.
“The Ministry of Labor should get tough with some countries regarding the prices. Some Saudi families hire illegal domestic workers for up to SR4,000 per month. It is important the ministry finds practical solutions to these problems by holding extensive meetings with the labor exporting countries and involving the committees of the chambers,” he said.
Meanwhile, the MoL officially started, a few months ago, receiving and issuing visa applications from Djibouti. The official draft standardized formula of the contracts was endorsed along with the monthly salary of the worker at SR800 per month. The costs of recruitment were also approved at $1,000 to be paid to the recruitment office in Djibouti.


Saudi VAT revenues hit SR46.7bn in a year: Finance minister

Updated 17 min 16 sec ago

Saudi VAT revenues hit SR46.7bn in a year: Finance minister

  • Al-Jadaan announced the figures during the first edition of the General Authority for Zakat and Tax
  • Said Kingdom was working to reach a consensual solution for tax challenges

RIYADH: Saudi VAT revenues have hit SR46.7 billion ($12.45 billion), a significant increase on estimates for the fiscal year, according to the Kingdom’s finance minister.

Mohammed Al-Jadaan announced the figures during the first edition of the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) conference and exhibition.

“The commitment rate came at 90 percent, exceeding all the expectations of GAZT and some international organizations that ranged between 60 and 70 percent,” he said.

“The conference comes as the Kingdom is witnessing an economic and social transformation under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to achieve a diverse economy and sustainable growth in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.

“The Kingdom’s fiscal policy aims to achieve a balance between the state’s financial and economic objectives. It seeks to maintain financial sustainability for the medium and long terms, which stimulates economic growth rates. This generates from our recognition that fiscal policies are one of the most important drivers of growth in the non-oil sector,” he added.

“The digital economy is rapidly advancing. We hope that modern technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchains will improve compliance with zakat and taxes, enrich the business sector, lower costs, promote tax transparency and develop e-commerce tax regulations.

“This conference will hopefully achieve a qualitative leap in the sectors of zakat and taxes by promoting cooperation and exchanging experiences.”

Al-Jadaan said that as the Kingdom prepared to host the next G20 summit, it was working to reach a consensual solution for tax challenges of the digital economy and contribute with other member states to stabilizing the global economy.