Demand for temporary domestic helpers increases ahead of Ramadan

Abu Dhabi employment agency taking 40 calls a day from families in need of short-term employees

(Getty Images - Photo for illustrative purpose only)

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Temporary domestic helpers are in high demand ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, according to Abu Dhabi employment agencies.

One company in the capital said it was receiving 40 calls a day for extra workers as families plan huge iftar meals, reported The National.

“There is more demand in the market, particularly for cleaners and cooks, both full-time and part-time," said Kamil Guma, manager at Al Dhabiyani Labour Supplies Services.

“Every year we experience a rise in demand for cleaners and cooks in Ramadan."

Guma said Filipino employees were the preferred choice in Abu Dhabi, while he also has staff from Sri Lanka, Nepal and Uganda. His company charges AED35 an hour in Abu Dhabi city, and AED45 outside, he revealed.

UAE national Salem Al Qubaisi said his household could prepare up to 100 meals a day during Ramadan.

He said he was planning to employ more staff ahead of the holy month.

“This is the month of giving, sharing and care," he said. “To reach others with an iftar, of course we need more people to do the work.

“We have temporarily hired two more people and they are going to remain with us for the full month of Ramadan.

“We also order food from big restaurants. The entire month is a holy celebration for us and everybody is welcome from all nationalities and religions.”

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