Preconditions behind delay in recruitment of maids

Updated 20 March 2016

Preconditions behind delay in recruitment of maids

RIYADH: India imposes SR9,600 as a bank guarantee to be deposited with the Indian Embassy for those who intend to hire a maid from India, said a Saudi investor in the recruitment sector.
Investor Khaled Al-Zahrani said while India “allows us to hire a maid from that country such a condition limits the recruitment of manpower from India.”
Al-Zahrani asked the Ministry of Labor to reject such conditions, noting that such terms are not included in the employment contract.
He pointed out that the guarantee demanded by the Indian Embassy is insurance in case of failure to pay salaries.
Al-Zahrani would like to know the health and mental condition of the maids before their deployment to Saudi Arabia.
“We are waiting for the opening of new markets, such as Ethiopia, and that can ease the restriction on the recruitment market for domestic workers in accordance with the guidelines and conditions, in addition to home training and a medical examination,” he said.
Referring to some of the factors for the delay in the recruitment of domestic workers from the Philippines, he said it is all about the increase in demand.
The Ministry of Labor over the past few days has completed licensing procedures of more than 255 recruitment agencies for domestic labor in different regions, before entering the market in the Kingdom.
The move is aimed at allowing competition in the market and finding various options for recruiting domestic workers.
Sources pointed out that the ministry aims to open new channels in Asian countries to be added to the ten countries that have previously signed with the ministry.
It is part of an effort to meet the growing demand for domestic workers and provide suitable options for those wishing to generate employment.

Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Updated 31 sec ago

Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

  • Curfew to be eased on Sunday, except in Makkah, as domestic travel permitted
  • All curfews in Saudi Arabia to be lifted by June 20

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced the easing of restrictions that has halted much of the activity in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Sunday 31, May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except Makkah. Movement in cities and within the regions of the country will again be permitted, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The easing will mean the Kingdom’s 24-hour lockdown is relaxed with a curfew from 3 p.m to 6 a.m until Sunday, after which the hours will change to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Makkah will remain under a full 24-hour lockdown.

On June 21, all curfews in the Kingdom will be lifted and prayers at Makkah’s mosque will be permitted.

Before then, social distancing guidelines must continue to be adhered to and gatherings of more than 50 people will continue to be banned.

Authorities have also allowed the attendance at ministries, government agencies and private sector companies, and the return of their office activities.

Some economic and commercial activities will also be allowed to take place including those at wholesale and retail shops, as well as malls. Cafes will be permitted to operate once more.

However, all job sectors where social distancing rules are harder to achieve such as beauty salons, barbershops, sports and health clubs, recreational centers and cinemas will remain closed.

Umrah pilgrimage and international flights will continue to be suspended until further notice.

The new rules are subject to constant evaluation at the health ministry and can be changed if the situation warrants it.

Earlier, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the health minister, said: “The phases start gradually until we return to normalcy, with its new concept based on social distancing.” 

He added that the precautionary steps taken by the Kingdom early in the outbreak helped to limit the spread of the virus. 

Now, he said, the ministry has developed a plan for the next phase that relies on two main factors: The capacity of the health care system to cope with critical cases, and the expansion of testing to identify new infections as soon as possible.

Reassuring the Saudi nation on Monday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “The bad conditions will pass, God willing, and we are heading toward the good, God willing.” 

The Kingdom recorded 2,235 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total to 74,795, and the death toll rose by nine to 399. Worldwide the virus has infected more than 5.5 million people and killed nearly 350,000.


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