Kuwait's expat workforce increased by 58,000 according to the latest statistics that show 11,394 foreign workers came to the country to as domestic helpers and 47,000 expats joined the private sector.
Statistics showed an upsurge in the number of expats working for private sector companies during the period of June to Dec 2018, and a drop of 987 in their number in government bodies.
The official figures also reveal that the total number of expats working in Kuwait is 2.38 million, more than two thirds of them working in the private sector, 648,000 as domestic helpers and 123,000 in the public sector. In addition, statistics showed a rise in the number of citizens working for government bodies - an increase of 7,867 versus an increase of 695 Kuwaitis in the private sector.
The total number of Kuwaiti employees working in the private sector has reached 63,104 and those in the public sector are more than 335,000. Kuwaiti employees in both sectors constitute 17% of the total workforce in Kuwait.
The kingdom is also making changes to the visa schemes of expats. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lt-Gen Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah has issued a decision to cancel residency stickers that are placed in the passports of expatriates. Such a decision is part of the ongoing upgrade process at various departments of the ministry, reports Al-Anba daily.
Assistant Undersecretary for Residency Affairs Major General Talal Marafie said the data included in the residency stickers will be mentioned in the civil IDs. He explained the decision will be enforced as soon as Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), some embassies in Kuwait and airlines are ready.
Major General Marafie stressed that implementation of the decision will be preceded by a campaign aimed at informing everyone about the decision. He explained that such a decision has a number of advantages such as bringing an end to confiscation of expatriates' passports by sponsors as this will no longer be required, and preservation of the papers in the passports. The decision also includes temporary residency and departure notifications.