Manpower agencies to be hit by Indonesia’s ban on housemaids

Published:  19 May at 11 AM
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The government of Indonesia’s plan to completely cease allowing new domestic workers to go to 21 countries will dramatically affect many recruitment and manpower agencies in Qatar.

According to senior staff from these agencies, about 50 to 70% of domestic workers they help bring to Qatar come from Indonesia. They expect it to hit their revenues as they currently receive around 100 workers each month from Indonesia. Employers will also be affected as many of them prefer housemaids from Indonesia due to cultural and religious reasons.

Indonesian domestic workers are also a lot cheaper than those found from other countries, with salaries for Indonesians being between QR800 and QR900 per month compared to QR1,460 for a household service worker (HSW) from the Philippines . A housemaid from Indonesia can be deployed in a couple of weeks, whereas for a Filipino HSW it takes around three months.

Around 20% of deployments facilitated by manpower agencies in Qatar are from the Philippines, with the rest coming from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

A member of staff from another agency said that the deployment of domestic helpers from Indonesia has significantly fallen over the past year and that this decline has affected the recruitment agencies who rely on workers from Indonesia the most.

Many senior staff at these recruitment agencies expect a surge in the demand for Filipino domestic workers once the Indonesian Government’s ban is put into effect.
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