Saudi seeks to cut costs of hiring household service workers from the Philippines

Saudi Arabia has introduced a new service intended to slash soaring costs of the hiring of Philippine domestic workers due to strong demand for them.

Maaroufa (known) is a new service introduced by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs for Saudis and other families wishing to hire domestic workers from the Philippines at a cost of around SR8,850 ($1,770) covering visa procedures, tickets, government fees and other facilities.

Newspapers said the new service is designed to trim soaring costs of bringing in Philippine domestic workers after they exceeded SR19,000 ($5,066).

While the Ministry has already set cost limits for hiring from Bangladesh and other countries, it has yet to introduce a ceiling on costs of hiring from the Philippines.

“The Ministry has set compulsory limits for hiring from many countries but has not yet introduced these limits for hiring from the Philippines,” Aliqtisadia newspaper said, adding that cost of hiring from the Philippines had soared mainly due to surging brokerage fees and strong demand.

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