A preliminary agreement was reached between the commerce ministry and labour offices to raise prices of bringing in domestic helpers. “Domestic help offices’ union’s meetings with the commerce and industry ministry resulted in an agreement to raise fees, but the dispute now is over deregulating prices and cancelling a previous decision that fixed the price at KD 890, or set a higher recruitment fee,” the sources said.
The sources said the commerce ministry was convinced by the justifications of the union, as the costs for bringing in labour including airline tickets is KD 1,200, compelling the consumer to pay more than KD 890, which is the current price.
Sources said commerce ministry’s cancellation of the KD 890 fee is imminent and could be made next month at the latest, at the end of the summer break and return of travellers, when demand for domestic help increases. The new prices are expected to vary between KD 1,100 and KD 1,400.