UAE cleaning firms in hot demand
Dubai, August 26, 2014
Its boom time for cleaning companies in the UAE who are witnessing a solid demand for their services, thanks to a drop in the number of full-time maids flying into the country, said a report.
Unable to sponsor a full-time housemaid, most of the families in the UAE are turning to part-time maids being supplied by the cleaning companies, reported the Gulf News.
Cleaning companies normally see a lull in demand during the summer period, but that is expected to pick up in the last week of August and September as residents return from their holidays in time for the new academic year, said the report, citing a senior official.
The decline in the number of imported maids is a result of issues between the UAE and some countries that have traditionally exported maids, it stated.
Unable to sponsor a housemaid from some of the traditional labour-exporting countries, families are turning to part-time maids employed at cleaning companies.
“Getting live-in maids has become difficult, so people are turning to part-time maids,” a company official said.
The residential areas in Dubai that attract the highest number of part-time maids include Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Palm Jumeirah, Downtown Dubai and Business Bay, according to some cleaning companies.
Part-time maids normally work for four to five hours per day, twice a week, with cleaning companies charging around Dh30-35 ($8 to 9.5) per hour.
With the rise in demand for part-time maids, companies are planning to boost their workforce by upto 50 per cent next year.