Domestic workers

Saudi Arabia begins selectively applying annual tax on domestic workers

Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh — The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has started implementing the first phase of the Cabinet’s decision to selectively impose a levy on domestic workers from Sunday 22 May.

Saudi employers will have to pay an annual fee of SR 9,600 for each domestic worker if their number exceeds four, while expatriate employers will pay the same amount for each worker above two.

The ministry noted that only a limited segment of Saudi and expatriate employers will be affected by the decision, taken by the Cabinet on March 8, 2022.

According to the decision, a Saudi employer must pay the annual contribution if he hires a fifth domestic worker while the expatriate employer will pay the same contribution in case of hiring a third worker. Fees will apply for each additional worker hired by the same employer.

However, there will be an exemption for humanitarian reasons. For example, workers hired to provide medical care to a family member or to care for persons with special needs will be exempted from payment under certain conditions formulated by the committee set up for this purpose.

The first phase is applicable only to new domestic help recruits while the second phase, which will come into effect from May 11, 2023 (Shawwal 21, 1444), will be applicable to both new and existing domestic workers beyond of the number exempted. , says the ministry.

Ministry data showed that the number of Saudi and expatriate employers who have five or more domestic worker members stood at around 70,000.