RIYADH — Domestic workers (housemaids, drivers etc.) will now get prepaid payroll or salary cards to protect their wages and ensure that they get their salaries on time.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) started this scheme from Saturday. It has given a six-month deadline to all employers to issue these cards to domestic workers under their sponsorship.

These prepaid cards, which facilitate the monthly salary transfer for domestic workers electronically, ensure timely payment if wages, ministry’s spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Khail was quoted as saying by Al-Eqtisadiah Arabic newspaper.