Price Cap for Hiring Domestic Workers

Muhammad Al-Aiban, Minister of Commerce and Industry and State Minister for Youth Affairs, has set the fees for hiring domestic workers. In a statement to the press, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry confirmed in coordination with the Public Authority for Manpower and by recommendations of Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as First Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, Al-Aiban had issued a Decision amending Article One of the Ministerial Resolution no. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry confirmed in a press release that Al-Aiban issued a decision amending Article One of Ministerial Resolution No. 103/2022, specifying the maximum costs for recruiting domestic workers including travel tickets.

In the statement, it was stated that “this decision will allow citizens to claim their full entitlements, including the ticket price in the event of an employment dispute with recruitment offices if the domestic workers refuse to complete the contract with the employer.” It also said that the maximum fee to hire domestic workers coming from Asian countries is KD750, KD575 for those from African countries, and KD350 for individuals with a sponsor-provided special passport.

The Public Authority for Civil Information’s (PACI) official statistics revealed that 811,307 domestic workers were registered by mid-2023.

India is the country with the most registered domestic workers, with 361,222 (44,5% of the total).

The Philippines is second with 201,110 (24,8%);

Sri Lanka third with 102685 (12,6%); Bangladesh fourth with 85 989 (10,6%);

Nepal fifth with 25,554 (3,1%); Ethiopia sixth with 11,684 (1,4%); Benin seventh with 5,105 (0,6%);

Indonesia eighth with 2,103 (0,3%);

Mali ninth with 1,901 (0,2%); and Madagascar tenth The report also noted that 11,616 people of other nationalities make up 1.4 percent.

Source Arabtimes Kuwait 

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