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Premier Recruitment sends more workers to Saudi Arabia

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.

LABOUR | Premier Recruitment Limited has dispatched another batch of six Ugandan ladies to to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

This is the third group the fast-growing labour exports agency under the Ruparelia Group is sending to Jeddah in labour export venture.

On March 3, five other ladies jetted off to Jeddah and Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, where they had been recruited as housemaids on a two-year contract. The first lot, of eight ladies, left the country on February 19.

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Rajiv Ruparelia, the chief executive of Premier Recruitment, said the Uganda labour externalisation 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.

“Uganda has a competitive advantage over a number of African countries because of our good English that we need to leverage just like our neighbours in Kenya,” Rajiv, whose Premier Recruitment agency is championing the restoration of credibility in the labour exports sector.

“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 (Shs66 trillion) in 2007 to $1.24 billion (Shs4.5 trillion) in 2017, but our neighbours Kenya raked in $1.962 billion (about Shs7.2 trillion) in 2017 and $2.5 billion (about Shs9.2 trillion) in 2018,” Rajiv added.

He explained that Diaspora remittances to Uganda are equivalent to 30% of the country’s traditional export earnings — $3.4 billion (about Shs12.5 trillion) in 2017 and $3.6 billion (about Shs13.2 trillion) in 2018 and almost three times bigger than coffee export receipts that stood at $555.4m (about Shs2 trillion) in 2017 and $436.4  million (Shs1.6 trillion) in 2018.

“Protecting and harnessing more value from this vital sector [labour exports] should be the responsibility of everyone,” Rajiv said.

While launching the agency last year, Rajiv said theirs is not a vision that will be limited to merely sending out human resources and counting their money, but that the agency will be driven by professionalism, transparency and dedicated monitoring of their recruits.

“We shall remain strict and stick to the rules and guiding principles of our contract. Like we have always been doing in other Ruparelia Group establishments, you will get total confidence in us,” he said.

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 at home 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.

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