DT: The credibility of a European-based manpower supply power company was a bit of a question mark among residents of Adliya recently. People were under the impression that the company was swindling innocent customers.
Residents from the area had informed DT that a European woman was charging BD40 from expatriate workers in exchange for jobs in Canada. Many workers from construction companies had been visiting her for registration of their names, said one of the residents. He expressed concern that the company might have been cheating the men of their hard-earned money.
DT visited the location and found out that a woman, who identified herself as Margarita D Kirilova, ran the office. She said she was a Bulgarian national and had set up an office in Adliya after obtaining a Commercial Registration on May 23.
The company, M98, was a branch of the main company that had its headquarteres in the European Union, she said.
“We have been supplying manpower to the Gulf Cooperation Council for 11 years. We have provided experienced and qualified staff to different establishments in Bahrain and other GCC countries,” Ms Kirilova said.
The Bahraini establishments listed on M98 profile included Al Hakeem Dental Clinic and Al Baraka Hospital.“But this time we have been asked to recruit Indians, Pakistanis, Filipinos and Bangladeshis for jobs in Canada. They include nurses, hotel staff and construction industry. Work experience in the Gulf is the criteria this time,” Ms Kirilova explained.
M98 charges people a fee of BD40 as administration fee after the applicants are assessed and meet the required qualification, she affirmed.
“The charge is to cover the paperwork and other administrative work we do. This includes filing and presenting the applicants’ profiles and personal details to prospective employers,” she elaborated.
The company does not ask the employee for any other fee. Once selected, the employer bears the cost of a two-way ticket, visa, accommodation, social and medical insurance of the employee among other things, Ms Kirilova said.
“We get a commission from the employer but only after the employee completes one month of the probation period. If they don’t then we have to bear the costs incurred by the employer. So for this reason we ensure that our registered applicants are qualified. Also we do not want our reputation built over 11 years to be tarnished,” she said.
Once recruited, the employee is asked to provide a one-month notice period to his/ her employer in Bahrain. “Our company does not want to cause any problems for Bahraini companies. We adhere to the laws of Europe and also of Bahrain,” she added. “If there are any doubts to the legitimacy of my company, then people are free to come and visit me in my office.”
Ms Kirilova said there had not been many people so far who had visited her office looking for recruitment.