Kuwait: 3,108 expat contracts to be suspended by July

Kuwait’s Civil Service Commission, responsible for all public sector employees, is planning to freeze 3,108 contracts for expatriates by July 1.

The move would allow Kuwaiti ministries to recruit Kuwaiti nationals to replace them as part of the drive to reduce the number of expatriates and give Kuwaiti nationals more employment opportunities.

Several lawmakers have been pushing for reducing reliance on expatriates in a country where foreigners make up around 70 per cent of the total population of 4.5 million.

In November, the Public Service Commission told all public departments to submit their plans for replacing foreigners with Kuwaitis as part of a national drive to ensure the rate of unemployment among locals is at a minimum.

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The Civil Service Commission said that the number of job vacancies, based on the requests submitted to it by the different public entities and departments, was 4,365 in 2018. The figure meant that with the 3,108 jobs to be left by expatriates at the end of June, Kuwait will have more than 7,400 employment opportunities for Kuwaiti citizens.

In the first 10 days of April, 3,001 Kuwaitis had applied for public sector jobs. Women made up the majority with 2,067 applications. Most applications were for jobs in the Ministry of Education with 2,558 while the lowest figures were one for the Ministry of Defence and one for the Ministry of Oil.

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Most Kuwaitis prefer government jobs over private jobs to benefit from the security they offer as they cannot be fired except extreme cases. They are also attracted by less work pressure, relaxed timings, shorter work hours and more holidays.

 

 

Source Credit: Gulf News

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