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Saudi Arabia Resumes Hiring Of Filipino Workers

Saudi Arabia will, on Monday, November 7th resume recruitment of Filipino workers, including domestic workers.

The upper limit of fee for the recruitment of domestic workers from the Philippines has been fixed at SR17288.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, which announced the development, urged all the companies and offices that provide mediation services for the recruitment of domestic workers to strictly comply with the price ceiling announced by it.

Spokesman of the Ministry, Saad Al Hammad, said, “This is to avoid the penalties stipulated in the regulations of the Labor Law with regard to the recruitment activity and offering of labor services.”

The spokesman told Okaz/Saudi Gazette, that the approved maximum ceiling of recruitment fees for workers from various nationalities include SR9500 for Ugandan nationals; SR10000 for Thailand; SR10,870 for Kenya and SR13,000 for Bangladesh.

Saudi Arabia and the Philippines signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on Sept. 13 on the resumption of sending Filipino workers to the Kingdom, including domestic workers, starting from Nov. 7, 2022.

The agreement was signed by Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Ahmed Al-Rajhi and the Secretary of the Philippines Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Susan Ople.

The memorandum comes as a continuation of the bilateral and historical relations between the Kingdom and the Philippines, and an extension of the permanent cooperation between the two countries in many economic aspects.

It also reflects the compatibility of MHRSD’s vision with the vision of the Ministry of Migrant Workers in the Philippines in protecting the human rights aspects of workers.

The Filipino side praised the qualitative leap in the Saudi labor market in return for the initiatives and substantial reforms witnessed by the market that led to strengthening the protection of migrant workers per the fundamental and technical principles of ILO and the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration.

The Spokesman said it was in view of the memorandum that the two countries reached an agreement to resume sending Filipino workers to Saudi Arabia as of November 7, 2022.

It is noteworthy that the Musaned portal, under the MHRSD, suspended in December 2021 all requests to issue visas for Filipino domestic workers.

This was in the wake of the Philippines Ministry of Labor’s decision to temporarily suspend sending of its domestic workers to Saudi Arabia. – SG


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