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No change in minimum wage for Indian workers, says UAE ambassador

Recent report suggested a sharp increase in recent weeks

No change in minimum wage for Indian workers, says UAE ambassador
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The Indian Ambassador to the UAE has said there has been no recent change to the minimum wage for Indian workers employed in the UAE.

A report published on Reuters said Indian diplomats in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia have “sharply increased the minimum salaries that they recommend for Indian workers at private and public firms in those states”.

However, speaking to Khaleej Times, T.P. Seetharam said the last change was made in 2011 and suggested that it might be a case of delayed implementation of those rates.

“What is happening obviously is that they might be enforcing these things now. The recruiting agencies have woken up to the fact that there is a minimum wage. So far, they might have been recruiting people without paying them the prescribed minimum wage,” Seetharam told Khaleej Times.

The minimum wage for unskilled and semi-skilled workers Indian workers in the UAE ranges from AED950 ($258) to AED1,700, depending on the job.

angry paki 5 years ago

absolutely shameful that they've taken two years to implement thse pay rises

Indian 5 years ago

What about the mandatory allowance of AED. 150/= and food?

Non-Muslim 5 years ago

Why does it take so long (until late 2014) to implement a minimum wage prescribed since 2011? If I could, I would bet that employers charge their customers based on the 2011 wage while not paying that to their employees - irrespective of that totally and ridiculously low minimum wage. And please, nobody to comment "that's 10-fold of what they could earn back home"!