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|22 February, 2018

Kuwait plans to bring workers from new countries to lower recruitment fees

Al-Durra for Manpower Company is working hard to bring domestic workers from new countries in coordination with the concerned Kuwaiti authorities

Around 190 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Kuwait gesture upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, following President Rodrigo Duterte's call to evacuate workers after a Filipina was found dead in a freezer, in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines February 23, 2018

Around 190 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Kuwait gesture upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, following President Rodrigo Duterte's call to evacuate workers after a Filipina was found dead in a freezer, in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines February 23, 2018

REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

KUWAIT - The Cabinet’s decision to assign Al-Durra for Manpower Company to bring in workers from new countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nepal and others will lower recruitment fees and ensure the rights of employers and employees, the company’s General Manager Saleh Al-Wuhaib said yesterday.

The company is working hard to bring domestic workers from new countries in coordination with the concerned Kuwaiti authorities, Wuhaib told KUNA. He also stressed the company’s efforts to ensure the employees were healthy and fit to work, saying that such efforts will be in coordination with the health ministry and the countries providing manpower.

He explained that the company handles all recruitment procedures with symbolic prices, high efficiency and speed of completion, in addition to qualifying them through courses in their countries. Al-Durra is the first company in Kuwait to be formed from national bodies concerned with the public’s interest. It was established to achieve a qualitative leap in this type of business, as it carries a national and humanitarian vision in the management of the labor market, he said.

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The company started to bring in experienced Sri Lankan cooks with recruitment fees of KD 500-600 ($1,650-1,980). Their salaries range from KD 120-170 ($400-560). Wuhaib said external bodies of employment abroad are responsible for determining the fees for labor recruitment in accordance with the laws of those countries, adding that the cost of recruiting Sri Lankan domestic workers was at about KD 960 ($3,215) with the company gaining 10 percent from the recruitment process.

The rise in the cost of recruiting Sri Lankan domestic workers is due to the increase in the fees of employment offices in Sri Lanka, which range between KD 550-600 ($1,815-1,980), as well as the official procedures of medical examination, transportation and fingerprinting, that cost about KD 240-300. The company receives about 200 daily calls from customers to request the employment of Sri Lankan workers, said Wuhaib. He added that the prices of recruiting labor at private agencies are between KD 1,200-1,500 ($3,960-4,950).

Al-Durra for Manpower Company, in accordance with law no. 69/2015, is a Kuwaiti company specialized in the recruitment of foreign workers. Its ownership is distributed between the Union of Consumer Co-Operative Societies by 60 percent, General Authority for Investment with 10 percent, General Organization for Social Insurance 10 percent, the General Authority for Minors Affairs 10 percent and Kuwait Airways 10 percent.

 

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