Riyadh: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has permitted the hiring of female drivers as part of new professions allowed for recruitment designated for domestic labour.
The Kingdom’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) has approved hiring domestic labour services in 13 new professions available for recruitment via Musaned electronic platform.
The Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said on Twitter that new jobs can be recruited through its online platform, Musaned, as part of efforts to develop the domestic labour sector and meet the needs of the country.
Among the new professions available to domestic workers are driver, personal care worker, home tailor, home manager, private tutor and home farmer.
13 new professions are:
- Personal care worker
- Home guard
- Private tutor
- Private tailor
- House manager
- Home farmer
- Home traveller
- Home coffee-maker
- Home attendant
- Private speech and hearing specialist
- Personal assistant
- Support worker
- Private driver
The number of domestic workers in Saudi Arabia reached 3.5 million in the third quarter of 2022, an increase of nearly 193,000 against the second quarter of 2022, Arabic daily Al Eqtisadiah reported.
About Musaned platform
As part of its efforts to regulate the labour market, the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources has created a Musaned platform to help clients learn about their rights and duties and related services including issuance of visas, employment applications and the contractual relationship between employers and workers.
The ministry has made the contracting process mandatory through Musaned, being the official recruitment platform in the Kingdom.