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High demand for housemaids prompts new recruitment licences in Saudi

Total of 225 licences awarded to recruitment firms specialising in domestic help

High demand for housemaids prompts new recruitment licences in Saudi
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More than 200 recruitment firms have been licensed across Saudi Arabia to meet high demand for domestic workers, according to local media.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has reportedly awarded licences to 225 recruitment companies and offices involved in hiring housemaids.

The ministry also gave initial approval for 129 other offices, Saudi Gazette reported.

Ministry spokesman Khaled Abal Khail urged residents to take advantage of the ministry’s new Musaned jobs portal to hire housemaids.

He said the portal provided information on licensed firms as well as the cost of recruitment, arrival periods for domestic workers and other details.

Meanwhile, in related news, a Saudi husband and wife were jailed for three and two years respectively for beating their housemaid to death, according to a report in Arab News.

The sentence included 500 lashes to be divided between the couple.