He said employers should provide prepaid salary cards to domestic workers the moment they arrive in the Kingdom.
Many banks are already offering prepaid card services to their customers.
“Household Payroll Card allows sponsors to process the payment of salaries and incentives to their household workers electronically with ease, safety, and comfort,” the Saudi Investment Bank website says.
The household salary card product supports the required banking services in an easy and efficient way which will protect sponsors domestic workers in their cash transactions and guarantee an easy channel for their payments, says the Saudi British Bank.
The debit-card like option empowers household workers to handle their cash in a safe and secure manner with multiple access options and peace of mind.
Prepaid payroll cards give domestic workers the flexibility to conveniently withdraw monthly salary through ATMs and pay for all their shopping at POS with ease through the Mada network.
The card is acceptable within the Kingdom only and it accepts deposits only from the sponsor.
There is no fee for transferring salary from the sponsor account to the Mada household payroll card.
To get a prepaid payroll card, the sponsor must have an account with a bank, fill up a form, sign an agreement with the bank, and show the original ID of the worker to the bank.