With high demand for migrant labour workers in the Gulf, especially in the construction sector, competition among agencies providing the workforce is fierce. In order to minimise expenses, the contractors omit recruitment costs from the tender when they bid.
“If an employer is not prepared to pay, it ends up being the workers who pay,” said Jureidini, adding that recruitment agencies, in order to land contracts, offer so-called “incentives” and payments – a trend that exists globally.
“They’ll offer companies money to give them that contract. This is where all the unethical and fraudulent practice occurs. On average, the amount of money going into these payments to employees and companies is around $1,000 per worker.