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Overseas Employment Minimum Wage Set

January 12 , 2019

Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia have set 1,000 Saudi Riyals as a monthly minimum wage for domestic workers. The agreement was signed between Ergoge Tesfaye (PhD), Ethiopia’s minister of Labor & Social Affairs, and Abdullah Abuthnain (PhD), Saudi’s minister of Labour & Social Development, early last week. The two countries signed a labour exchange agreement back in 2017 and have been negotiating to implement the agreement. After they ink the deal, the two parties have formed a committee that will be negotiating details including setting a minimum wage. After the new detailed agreement, another committee was formed that will meet every half year to evaluate the applicability of the agreements. The two countries will exchange detailed documents via their embassies. Ethiopia has more than three million migrants in different parts of the world. And approximately 17pc of them are reported to reside in Saudi Arabia, a popular overseas employment destination for Ethiopians.


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