Saudi Arabia demand for Kenyan maids is up
Kenyans and Ethiopians make over 80 per cent househelps recruited to work in Saudi Arabia. According to a member of the Chamber of Commerce Committee quoted by the Saudi Gazette – a newspaper in Saudi Arabia – Kenyans and Ethiopians are becoming the most sought after source of domestic workers because of ease in recruitment procedures.
Earlier, the major source of house helps for the Arabic country was Indonesia and Philippine which has since revised its labour laws bringing up a stalemate over new contracts conditions. “The maximum time it takes to recruit someone from Ethiopia or Kenya is 45 days,” the newspaper quotes unnamed committee member. According to a local agent who sought anonymity, increasing demand for house-helps in Saudi Arabia is leading to upsurge of briefcase recruitment agencies in the country.