Thursday, September 20, 2007

Saudi households turn to Nepalese domestic help

by Mariam Al Hakeem from Gulf News

The country has decided to recruit housemaids from Nepal following long delays and difficulties in getting housemaids from Indonesia and the Philippines ... The Indonesian and Philippines authorities, in a move to improve conditions of housemaids from these countries working in the kingdom, asked among other conditions, an increase in monthly salary of housemaids. The Philippines government has put tough recruitment conditions, including doubling of the monthly salary for every housemaid to 1,500 riyals (about Dh1,469) ... The chairman of the national recruitment committee at the Council of the Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CSCCI), Sa'ad Al Baddah, expects between 5,000 and 7,000 Nepalese housemaids to arrive in Saudi Arabia every month.

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