UAE Hiring Fewer Pinay Maids Due to Minimum Wage

ABU DHABI--Fewer Filipina maids are being hired in the United Arab Emirates since the Philippine government set the monthly salary at US$400 (Dh1,469)--almost double the wage set by other countries, reports The NationalUAE. Employers now favour maids from Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. "When I tell them they should pay $400 for a Filipina maid, employers turn their backs on me," said Juliet Lasalita, manager of a recruitment agency in Al Ain. "Employers are not willing to pay the amount for a first-timer, or one who does not have any experience in domestic work."