Kuwait: 1,629 expats in public sector terminated; more lay offs targeted

The number of expatriate workers terminated in state departments in the first half of 2018 reached 1,629, according to official statistics which further indicate that 1,431 non-Kuwaitis lost their jobs in the public sector in the past three months alone.

Reports indicated in April that the government aims to lay off just over 3,100 foreign staff in 2018. Under the government’s wider plans, a number of public sector job categories are to be occupied solely by Kuwaitis by 2022.

In comparison, only 666 expat staff in the government sector were cut last year.

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The head of the National Assembly’s committee for the replacement of expatriates in the public sector, MP Khalil Al-Saleh, said in March that lawmakers wanted the roughly 80,000 foreign workers in government roles replaced by citizens over the next five years.

However, there are concerns that replacements are not happening fast enough.

The panel said on Monday that that it had decided to summon minister of social affairs and labour Hind Al-Sabeeh and minister of state for cabinet affairs Anas Al-Saleh to discuss the government’s commitment to the timeline.

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The CSC report indicated the public sector workforce stood at 352,169 people as of July 1, following an increase of 2,478 Kuwaiti employees in the second quarter.

Kuwaiti staff made up 76.13 per cent of the public sector workforce, or 268,100, compared to 4,521 GCC nationals, 48,180 Arabs and 31,368 non-Arabs.

 

Source Credit: Gulf Business

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