Saudi employers especially Saudi women launch a campaign to cut down the high wages of domestic helpers or household service workers (HSW) following the austerity measure of the Saudi government.
The wages of housemaids have been standardized at SR2,000 a month.
Saudi women campaigner feel that SR2,000 (P26,000) is high salary and it should be cut down to SR1,000 (P13,000) especially when the income of Saudi families has diminished gradually as a result of austerity measures.
Because of the said agreement, deployment of Pinoy DH in Saudi has increased from 11,000 in 2013 to 30,000 in 2014 and then 70,000 in 2015.
As of now, there are 40,000 Filipina domestic helpers in Saudi Arabia.
According to Recruitment Consultant Emmanuel Geslani, the number has down to 40,000 due to the oil crisis.
Due to the said crisis, the Kingdom implements austerity measures such as cutting allowances and benefits for government employees, decreasing the demand for domestic helpers among Saudi households. (Source: Saudi Gazette, Rappler)