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The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) has announced its “Wage Protection Service” to ensure and protect the rights of domestic workers and their employers in Saudi Arabia, reports Wego.

The “Wage Protection Service” is not a new initiative by the Kingdom; it was previously available on an optional basis through the Musaned platform starting on 1 April 2022. However, it will now become mandatory and will be implemented in phases, with full coverage of the domestic workforce expected by 1 January 2026.

Domestic workers on new contracts will be the first group to gain access to the “Wage Protection Service” starting 1 July 2024.

Workers on existing contracts will gain access to the service based on the number of employees their employer has:

  • employers with four or more workers will have the service implemented by 1 January 2025
  • employers with three workers will have the service implemented by 1 July 2025
  • employers with two workers will have the service implemented by 1 October 2025

This service offers full transparency regarding the salary payment process through the Musaned platform, utilizing digital wallets and accredited banks. The transfer of funds through official channels is highly advantageous for both domestic workers and their employers, particularly in the event of disputes.

Additionally, it facilitates the employer’s process of finalizing procedures for the worker upon the termination of the contractual relationship or their departure.