Okaz / Saudi Gazette
RIYAD – The online portal for the Domestic Work Program (Musaned), under the Department of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD), has warned recruitment agencies that it will take punitive measures, including revoking licenses, if it does. they were involved in concluding contracts for domestic workers. at incorrect prices.
The platform revealed that it is monitoring people who contract at inaccurate prices in violation of the ministry’s rules and regulations in this regard. âRecruiting offices that enter into such inaccurate contracts will not be allowed to operate for two days if they commit the violation for the first time.
“If the violation is repeated for the second and third time, their operation will be suspended for seven and 30 days respectively,” he said in a statement seen by Okaz / Saudi Gazette.
The platform threatened to revoke the authorization to carry on the activity if the violation was repeated for the fourth time. Subsequently, the case against the office will be referred to the relevant authorities.
He stressed the need to include the actual costs of the contracts in order to avoid legal action in the event of concluding contracts for substitute domestic workers as well.
Meanwhile, sources at recruiting offices confirmed that all Saudi recruiting offices have received warning letters from Musaned in this regard.
They also noted that some recruiting offices deliberately issue bogus “authorization” contracts for a nominal fee of between SR300 and SR1,000 per transaction, under which the recruiting process takes place outside the responsibility of these offices. .
This replaces the actual cost of the contract of between 5,000 and 7,000 SR.
Strict punitive measures against recruiting bureaus that commit violations and do not adhere to contracting rules are aimed at eliminating the issuance of bogus “authorization” contracts, the sources say.
There are several examples of such illegal practices in the employment of domestic workers.
According to this practice, a Saudi recruiting office registers an authorization contract for a sum of SR 500 and allows agents to conclude the remaining procedures at their discretion without the recruiting office having any responsibility in the matter. It also results in a flagrant violation of the setting of fair wages for domestic workers.
Dr Saleh Al-Qahtani, an investor in the industry, said Musaned made a strict decision to curb the practices of some recruiting offices that issue bogus “clearance” contracts.
âThe Department of Human Resources and Social Development has an integrated database of the total electronic contracts of the various national recruitment offices registered through Musaned and the electronic contracts database is capable of detecting whether the contracts are of good faith or false, âhe said.
The Musaned program has been described as a transparent and unified system that allows the ministry to monitor the procurement process between citizens and recruiting offices.
In particular, it allows the signing of an electronic contract between the worker and the employer and provides a hotline and a center for resolving workers’ complaints.
The program allows clients to view a list of local recruitment offices and approved companies in the labor market as well as labor-exporting countries that have signed bilateral agreements with the Kingdom.
The Musaned site, affiliated with the Ministry of Human Resources, displays recruitment expenses, the duration of recruitment procedures as well as the sanctions imposed on offices and companies that do not respect the fixed expenses and durations.