Workers’ hiring by KSA increases as migration cost soars

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:53, Jan 21,2017


Recruitment of workers from Bangladesh by employers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia significantly increased in last two years.
But the cost of migration also increased for the workers, said officials and recruiters.
In 2016, the KSA hired 1,43,913 workers from Bangladesh and 68,286 of them were housemaids, according to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training records. 
In 2015, the KSA hired 58,270 workers from Bangladesh and 20, 952 of them were housemaids, shows BMET data.
A Bangladeshi worker has to spend between Tk six to eight lakh to secure a job in the KSA, said officials as well as recruiting agencies.
The cost of migration to the KSA was between Tk 2.5 lakh to three lakh per worker in 2007.
The KSA reduced hiring workers from Bangladesh to a trickle for almost seven years from 2008.
In 2015, the KSA resumed recruiting workers from Bangladesh, expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry additional secretary Jabed Ahmed told New Age.
He said that the recruitments would increase at a faster rate from the current year.
He, however, expressed concern over the high cost of migration of poor workers and said that he would expect the cost to fall in coming days.
Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies joint secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman said that he would expect the migration cost per worker to the KSA would soon fall by a half.
Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh would hold a job fair in the Saudi capital on January 30 and a second job fair in Jeddah on February 1, to motivate Saudi companies to recruit more workers from Bangladesh, reported Saudi daily Arab News quoting Bangladesh ambassador Golam
Over 100 Saudi companies confirmed that they would take part in the job fair in Riyadh, Moshi told the daily.  

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