Kuwait to cut 3,100 expats from public sector by March 2019

Kuwait’s finance ministry has asked all state departments to prepare lists that include the number of Kuwaiti employees and other sites where expatriate labor can be replaced by Kuwaitis before the end of March 2019. The goal is to cut over 3,100 expats from the public sector by the end of this fiscal year.

Kuwait Times cited sources as confirming 48 government departments have now prepared their lists for the current fiscal year from April to March 2019.

A total of 3,108 expats are expected to be fired, according to the publication.

Under the government’s wider plans, a number of public sector job categories are to be occupied solely by Kuwaitis by 2022.

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

The current year will see 8,000 Kuwaitis replacing expats, according to the source, including 2,000 graduates, besides transferring 6,000 from state departments to the private request as per their request.

The jobs Kuwaitis would replace expats in include 24 administrative fields including administrative specialists, storekeepers, administrative researchers, heads of department, liaison officers, secretaries, exchange operators, data entry personnel, managers, supervisors and administrative assistants.

However, sources said the completion of the e-government system will reduce a large portion of manpower, so significant number of employees – both Kuwaitis and expats – will be let go, as electronic linkage will boost the ease of work environment and reduce the number of employees.

Pedro Gonçalves
Pedro Gonçalves is Financial Correspondent at International Investment.

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