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Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Due to a violation of regulation and rules of recruitment agencies, 126 recruitment offices in Saudi Arabia are now banned from recruiting domestic workers from eight approved countries.

Eight countries, included the Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and

Khalid Aba Al-Khail, spokesman of Ministry of Labor and Social Development they are monitoring individuals and offices that illegally recruiting domestic workers in the Kingdom.

The cost of the domestic helpers from above mentioned countries ranges from SR8,000 to SR22,000. The employer may request having a maid, nanny, nurse, driver or worker.

A fine of SR10,000 is waiting for those who caught violating individuals or offices. They may also face human trafficking charges or their business will be closed.

With this, the Ministry is appealing the public to deal only with certified offices, which are on the Musaned online portal.

It is an online portal that has been launched to help citizens to recruit their male and female domestic workers without being exploited by middlemen.


1. Daily Off Hours - The domestic labor shall be allowed to enjoy a daily rest for at least nine hours a day.

2. Weekly Rest - The domestic labor may get one day off per week, based on the agreement of the parties in the contract

3. Medical Care - Medical Care shall be provided to the domestic labor in accordance with the rules and regulations enforced in the Kingdom.

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4. Sick Leave - The domestic labor shall be entitled to a paid sick leave not exceeding thirty days per year upon a medical report proving his/her need for the sick leave.

5. Upon renewing the Contract - The domestic labor is entitled to one month paid vacation upon completion of two years of service and wanted renewal for a similar period.

6. End of Service Benefits - The domestic labor shall be entitled to end of service award of one month pay, if he/she completed four consecutive years in the service of the employer.


1. Probation Period for Domestic Labor - The parties may agree to place the domestic labor on probation for a period not exceeding (ninety) days, during which the employer shall ensure the professional competence of the domestic labor and his proper personal conduct.

It is not permissible to put the domestic labor on probation for more than once with the same employer unless the parties agree that the domestic labor shall work in a different profession. 

2. Contracting - The working relationship between the domestic labor and the employer shall be regulated by a written contract. The Arabic text shall be the prevailing version. The contract and its translation - if any – shall be issued in three copies, with each party retaining a copy and the third one shall be deposited with the Private Recruitment Office. There should be a clear identification of the following main factors: 

The type of work to be performed by the domestic labor 
The Wage that the employer shall pay to the domestic labor 
Rights and obligations of both parties 
Duration of the probation period 
Duration of the contract and method of extension 

3. Contract termination during probation period - The employer may terminate the contract at his own will during the probation period without any responsibility on him if the domestic labor is proved to be unfit. 

4. Upon Contract expiration of termination for an illegal reason - If the contract expired, or was canceled by the employer for an illegitimate reason, or by the domestic labor for a legitimate reason, the employer shall bear the value of the ticket for repatriation of the domestic labor to his/her country. 

5. Upon contract termination upon the death of either party - The Contract shall expire by the death of the employer or the domestic labor. If the employer's family is willing to keep the domestic labor, they will have to check with the labor office to correct the name of the employer 

6. Upon the absence of domestic labor - When the domestic labor quits his/her work, the employer shall do the following:


1. The work agreed upon

The employer is obliged:

Not to assign the domestic labor with work not agreed upon in the contract, or work for others, except in cases of necessity, ensuring the work is not substantially different from his/her original work.

Not to assign the domestic labor any risky work to health or safety of his/her body, or negatively affects his/her dignity.

Not to sublet the domestic labor, or allow him/her to work for his/her own account.

2. The agreed upon wage

The employer is obliged:

To pay the agreed wage at the end of each Hijri month, unless the parties agree -otherwise- in writing.

To pay the wage and entitlements in cash or by check, and document it in writing, unless the labor wants to transfer the wage to a specific bank account.

3. Deduction from the wage

The wage of the domestic labor may not be deducted except in the following cases and not with more than half the wage:

Costs of what he/she intentionally or negligently damaged. 

A down payment he/she obtained from the employer

Implementation of a court judgment or an administrative decision issued against him/her, unless it has been stipulated in the court judgment or the administrative decision that the deduction exceeds half the wage.

4. Domestic Labor Housing 

The employer is obliged to provide a suitable housing for the domestic labor.


Meanwhile, Replacement Administration in the Ministry of Civil Service has refused to renew contracts of 478 expat medical professionals working at King Saud University (KSU).

It is because these workers had spent a long period of time in the Kingdom.

There are also qualified Saudis to replace them in their works.

According to report, King Saud University requested the Ministry of Civil Service to renew the contracts of 516 male and female medical professionals who had spent more than 10 years on the job.

But the administration refused to renew the contracts of 478 employees. Only exempted are seven consultant doctors and 31 assistant doctors.