Saudi Gazette reported that, unlike in the past, Ethiopian house helps will not be able to obtain recruitment visas to hire domestic helps from Ethiopia.

RIYADH (Saudi Gazette)Ethiopian housemaids are going back to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after an absence of about four years, Al-Riyadh newspaper reported on Wednesday quoting sources in the recruitment sector.

Saudi officials at recruitment companies and offices said under a recent agreement signed by the labor ministers of the two countries, the monthly salary of Ethiopian house helps would be increased from SAR850 (~6,375 Birr) to SR1,000 (~7,500 Birr).

They said the housemaids will be available for rent at recruitment companies and offices, which will also be responsible for issuing the work visas for them.

The sources said unlike in the past, individuals will not be able to obtain recruitment visas to hire domestic helps from Ethiopia.

They said under the new agreement, the cost of recruiting a housemaid from Ethiopia will be around SR4,000 for a two-year work contract.

During the term of the contract, the Ethiopian office that recruited the housemaid will be responsible for substituting her if she escaped from her employer. The office will also be responsible for finding a replacement if the housemaid refused to work for a period three months.

The sources said the Ethiopian recruitment offices will train the housemaids and enlighten them about the Saudi customs and traditions.

They said the requests for the recruitment of the Ethiopian maids represent about 50 percent of all hiring requests received by the recruitment companies and offices.

They also said the agreement has blocked the path for illegal recruitment brokers.

About four years ago, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development has put a temporary hold on the recruitment of Ethiopian women as house helps after a number of them were involved in crimes that created outrage in Saudi Arabia. Ethiopia retaliated by preventing men and women house helps from traveling to the Kingdom.

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