UAE lowers fees for hiring of foreign domestic workers
The UAE government said the new fees do not include charges for visas, residence permits or medical examinations
The United Arab Emirates has released a new set of reduced charges involved in the hiring of foreign domestic workers.
On Tuesday, The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced different packages for the hiring of foreign domestic workers through Tadbeer centres in different emirates, Gulf News reported.
The first package allows citizens to hire domestic workers from outside the UAE. The cost of hiring Filipino workers is 14,000 dirhams (US$3,812) while the employment of Indonesian and Sri Lankan workers costs 15,000 dirhams. Workers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, India, Bangladesh and Nepal can also be hired at different rates.
The fees do not include government charges such as those set for visas, residence permits and medical examinations.
The second package allows domestic workers to work under a temporary contract that lasts for six months. The domestic worker will be sponsored by the ministry. During the six-month period, domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia will have a fixed monthly salary of 2,500 dirhams (US$681).
After the six-month period, the domestic worker’s sponsorship will be transferred to the employer under a longer contract. Employers can also opt to hire domestic workers on a two-year contract and pay their worker a monthly salary of 2,500 dirhams.
Khalil Ebrahim Khouri, assistant undersecretary for domestic workers’ affairs, said the Tadbeer centres make the process of hiring domestic workers easier and cheaper, and that the process will be revised every six months.