The government in Kuwait announced that it will allow for recruitment of new domestic workers starting 17th January. The announcement was made during the weekly Cabinet meet.
This follows the halting of the recruitment of new domestic workers more than 10 months ago, as a ban was put in place, along with travel restrictions, when several domestic workers within Kuwait had to leave their current employment.
Meanwhile, during the closure of recruitment agencies, brokers were illegally providing domestic workers’ services at a high price, taking advantage of the lack of competition.
These brokers were advertising their services by announcing a rate of KD25 per hour and KD250 per month for domestic worker services.
The network then divides the sum between the broker and the domestic worker. While the domestic worker gets KD10 for hour hours of work, KD15 goes to the broker.
Meanwhile, a source from Public Authority for Manpower said that domestic workers entered Kuwait through recruitment agencies and then they quit their jobs, thinking that they will be able to make more money working for various employers rather than just one.