Premier Recruitment Limited Monday announced it was sending another batch of six ladies ready to leave for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to work as housemaids for two years. This is the third group the agency is sending to Jeddah.
On 3rd March, five other ladies jetted off to Jeddah & Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, still to work as housemaids under a two year contract. The first lot, of eight ladies, left the on 19th February, 2019.
Rajiv Ruparelia, the CEO Premier Recruitment, said the Uganda labour externalization industry is a vital source of livelihood for both the employees and their families and a major pillar of the economy that ought to be protected by all the stakeholders and bad apples weeded out.
“Uganda has a competitive advantage over a number of African countries because of our good English that we need to leverage just like our neighbors in Kenya. According to the World Bank and IMF Balance of Payments as well as Bank of Uganda data, personal remittances to Uganda have grown by 174.6% from $451.6 million (UGX1.66 trillion) in 2007 to $1.24billion (UGX4.5 trillion) in 2017, but our neighbors, Kenya raked in $1.962 billion (UGX7.2 trillion) in 2017 and $2.5 billion (UGX9.2 trillion) in 2018,” noted Rajiv.
Adding: “Diaspora remittances to Uganda are equivalent to 30% of Uganda’s traditional export earnings- $3.4bn (UGX12.5 trillion) in 2017 and $3.6bn (UGX13.2 trillion) in 2018 and almost 3 times bigger than coffee export receipts- $555.4m (UGX2 trillion) in 2017 and $436.4m (UGX1.6 trillion) in 2018. Protecting and harnessing more value from this vital sector should be the responsibility of everyone.”
According to the Uganda Association for External Recruitment Agencies, there are 140,000 skilled and semi-skilled Ugandans working in the Middle East as blue-collar professionals as well as technicians, security personnel, porters, drivers, cleaners, housekeepers, catering and hospitality personnel. Domestic workers only account for about 30%.
Premier Recruitment has committed its resources to help decrease the high level of Ugandan unemployment by providing opportunities for Ugandans here in Uganda and abroad, Kanak Shah, the Premier Recruitment Ltd, General Manager said. “We are committed to providing a superior level of customer service, compliance, integrity and honesty to both our clients and recruits and those already deployed to the field,” he said, reiterating that the company’s commitment to provide “gainful and dignified employment opportunities” to Ugandans here and abroad.
Premier Recruitment, a Ruparelia Group subsidiary, in November last year entered into the labor export industry and is now helping Ugandans get good jobs in the Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and Jordan. To effectively do this kind of job, the agency started training girls and equipping them with the necessary domestic management skills.