Saudi Arabia has resumed recruitment of domestic workers after a long break of nearly seven months due to coronavirus outbreak.
The move follows an order from the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) Ahmed Al-Rajhi.
The ministry was suspended the hiring domestic workers on last March 16 following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ministry’s domestic labor recruitment website “Musaned” is now accepting applications for new contracts until Oct. 31.
Under the new ministerial directive, the recruitment period for new contracts is 120 days. If the licensed company fails to recruit domestic help within 120 days, the contract will automatically be extended for a further 30 days, with a fine of 15% of the contract value due to non-compliance with the contractual obligations.
In the event that the contract is canceled or the domestic worker has failed to arrive before the expiry of the 150-day extension period, the contract shall be deemed null and void and the licensed firm shall be obliged to return the value of the contract to the customer with a delayed penalty of 20% of the value of the contract.
In the event that the contract has not been cancelled or that the domestic worker has not arrived before the expiry of the 150-day extension period, the contract will be considered null and void and the licensed company is obliged to return the contract value to the customer with a late penalty of 20% of the contract value.
According to the decision of the Minister, the competent agency would make the necessary arrangements to deal with contracts that could be suspended in the future as a result of travel restrictions to and from certain countries that are the global hotspots of the coronavirus pandemic.