Maids in Saudi Arabia working illegally in small businesses

Published:  10 Apr at 9 AM
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It has been discovered that some Saudi women are illegally employing their domestic workers to go and work in their small businesses such as cooking sales and other long working hour positions.

Many experts and businesspeople think that women are forced to do this as getting the correct visas for expatriates is becoming increasingly difficult and many Saudis refuse to undertake these types of jobs.

Umm Ali, a shop owner, said that her domestic worker helps makes popular Saudi meals and deserts which she then sells onto food stands and kiosks.

The owner of a cupcakes and sweets business, Fawz Al-Faraj, said that some of her domestic workers can make uniques desserts such as Western pastries, which has helped grow her business. She added that she does not see a problem using her domestic workers for these types of jobs as they are already trained to cook and bake.

Many businesswoman in Saudi Arabia like to hire Indonesian employees as they are inexpensive and generally more skilled. A Saudi doing the same job would want SR8000 to SR9000 per month compared to Indonesians who expect between SR1400 and SR1500.

Fadl Al-Buainain, an economist, said that new labour regulations are causing problems for Saudi businesswomen wanting to hire skilled workers. He added that these businesswomen would like the Labor Ministry to allow them to hire expatriates for jobs such as marketing and cooking which many Saudis do not like doing themselves.
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