Domestic workers

Domestic workers find green pastures in the private sector – ARAB TIMES

The shortage of servants continues

KUWAIT CITY, April 23: The phenomenon of the shortage of domestic workers continues to increase in the local labor market, without the capacity of the government agencies concerned to find a radical solution to curb this situation, reports the daily Al-Jarida. Those concerned with the issue of domestic workers say that most domestic workers have found green pastures in the private sector, taking advantage of the severe shortage of artisans and professional workers plaguing the local labor market and the repercussions of the decision taken by the Public Workforce Authority concerning unqualified expatriates aged 60 and over which led to the departure of thousands of craftsmen and liberal professions, which created a parallel market by hiring domestic workers to fill this void as a result of which countless citizens and residents complain of their inability to find servants especially during the month of Ramadan, and as the summer holidays approach.

This is confirmed by statistics published by the relevant authorities, which indicate that tens of thousands of domestic workers are now finding their way to the private sector, although they risk deportation if caught violating the law. work. The daily surveyed the opinion of some business and office owners who recruit domestic workers, who confirmed the poor labor market conditions, in light of the continued confusion experienced by relevant government agencies, and the lack of coordination between them, and the consequence of bad decisions which complicate the problem and multiply the sufferings of the labor market. A specialist in domestic labor affairs, Bassam Al-Shammari, confirmed the phenomenon of infiltration of domestic labor in the private sector, saying that this situation has worsened in recent months as the authorities are unable to find a solution to the problem which has only been made worse by the decision adopted. by PAM.

Al-Shammari told the daily that statistics released by PAM indicate that around 60% of the ‘free’ labor force violate residency and labor laws and many of them get caught. during random inspection campaigns organized by the authorities concerned. They would rather risk their lives because the temptation to make a quick buck is too great or rather to make a quick buck and leave the country when they get caught.

Al-Shammari attributed the reason for this to the migration of artisans and professional workers and the consequent severe shortage that the market is currently suffering from, prompting business owners to create a parallel market using workers to fill this shortage, pointing out that some government decisions are not prudent, in particular the decision of the WFP to stop renewing the work permits of non-graduates aged 60 and over – the decision which has been a roller coaster ride for over of one year before being modified and allowed to pay for the renewal money above 800 dinars which includes private health insurance and 250 residence fees. Al-Shammari confirmed that the continuation of the decision issued by the Ministry of Trade and Industry not to allow domestic help recruitment offices to charge more than 890 dinars has also added fuel to the fire as recruiting agencies quote ticket costs and medical changes cost them. a lot of money.

He said that “the government’s confusion and unenforceable decision-making regarding the recruitment of domestic workers and the determination of the estimated costs in return reveals a lack of understanding of the scale of the problem and the complete estrangement of policy makers from what is happening on the ground. It has disastrous consequences on the national labor market. Al-Shammari points out that the inability of the relevant government agencies, including the PAM, to strike a balance between decisions aimed at redressing the imbalance that has affected the demographic structure of the country and the absence of restrictions on hiring new workers, as well as the failure to take measures and procedures far from the traditional easy solutions of prevention are also major causes of labor shortages. ‘work.