13 August 2014, Emirates 24/7

UAE Ministry of Interior has rejected the minimum salary of Dh1,500 sought by governments of Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

With the governments of the Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka refusing to agree to the standard employment contract for domestic help drawn up by the UAE Ministry of the Interior recently, recruitment agents fear they will have to down their shutters within a month, the Arabic newspaper ‘Emarat Al Youm’ has reported.

With the emergence of the Ebola disease in some African countries, recruitment from there has also become impossible, the employment agencies say.

However, the Ministry of Labour (MoL) said it did not know of any recent closure of an employment agency. In fact, 16 new licences have been issued to employment agencies after the new unified contract was drafted, the MoL said.

Samer Marjan, owner of Maktea’a recruitment office, said the refusal of the governments of Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka of the new standard contract has made the situation difficult for employment agencies, particularly because demand for these nationalities is growing.



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