2 September 2015, The Daily Star

Recruitment offices in Saudi Arabia have decided to stop hiring Bangladeshi domestic workers, claiming that a supply crunch has raised costs, says Arab News.

According to a report the local English daily ran yesterday, Ibrahim Al-Megheimish, a recruitment expert, said there were too few Bangladeshi workers seeking employment, which meant costs had risen from $1,000 (SR 3,751) to $1,800 (SR 6,752) to get them there.

The cost of SR 7,000 outlined by the Saudi ministry of labour was not enough to cover all the expenses incurred in bringing workers to the country. This had also been the complaint of other recruitment office owners, who said costs had risen 80 percent, he added.

The expert said the ministry’s claim that 500,000 Bangladeshi domestic workers would seek employment in the KSA had not materialised. Currently only four to six workers a week are supplied for work in Saudi Arabia.

“The training centres in Bangladesh are limited. In addition, the training period is four weeks, which has resulted in delays and penalties for workers,” Arab News quoted Al-Megheimish as saying.

Contacted, Hazrat Ali, additional secretary of Bangladesh expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry, said they had no information on such decision by the Saudi recruiters.


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