Saudis in deal to recruit Bangladeshis

Saudis in deal to recruit Bangladeshis . Dhaka

Saudi Arabia is going to recruit Bangladeshi manpower in four categories at a reduced migration cost.

The Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies and Saudi Arabian recruiting agencies’ association SANARCOM made the announcement at a press conference in Dhaka on Monday.

The associations of private sector recruitment agencies in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia decided that the categories for recruitment will be housemaid, driver, security guard and gardener.

The Saudis also said they need doctors and nurses to work in the kingdom.

Housemaid migration will be free while male workers under the other three categories will have to buy plane tickets.

BAIRA president Mohammad Abul Basher said they would work together with Saudi recruitment agencies to cut down on the cost of migration.

‘The recruitment process for the categories will start within a month or two after all the formalities are complete,’ Basher said.

‘We are going to sign a memorandum of understanding with our Saudi Arabian counterpart in this regard [Monday] or [Tuesday],’ he said.

‘The recruitment in the four categories was suspended but the market is opening up now,’ he added.

Housemaid will get a salary of 600 Saudi rials (around Tk 11,544) a month with free air ticket, food and accommodation while drivers will get a salary of 800 rials (nearly Tk 15,392) with free food or 200 rials (approximately Tk 3,848) for food and free accommodation.

Security guards and gardeners will each get a monthly salary of 600 rials with 200 rials for food and free accommodations, the BAIRA president said.

He said a joint committee of the two associations would be formed to review the problems in recruitment and would sit every six months.

‘BAIRA will provide training to the workers and ensure that they have certain language and Saudi cultural knowledge before their departure,’ Basher said.

SANARCOM chairman Saad Nahar Al-Baddah said training is important for Bangladeshi workers.

‘The success rate is much higher for a trained worker than a novice,’ he said.

He urged BAIRA to not accept any visa from outside SANARCOM agencies to protect the interest of the people.

About 2.5 million Bangladeshis are working in Saudi Arabia.


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