JEDDAH – Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi has said his ministry has reached an agreement with its Ethiopian counterpart to lift a ban on the recruitment of housemaids from the northeast African country starting next month, Al-Madina Arabic daily reported.

He said the two sides had agreed on a monthly salary of SR1,000 while the recruitment process would cost between SR4,000 and SR7,000.

The ministry said it would open new channels of recruitment and provide citizens with various options to choose workers from.