Kuwait to lay off 25,000 expats from public sector

Pedro Gonçalves
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Kuwait to lay off 25,000 expats from public sector

Kuwait wants to get rid of about 25,000 expats currently working in the public sector and replace them with national citizens as part of its reform push know as Kuwaitisation.

The head of the parliamentary manpower committee said that the number of Kuwaitis waiting for the job in the office has decreased to 6000 only and they will be distributed to government agencies during the coming period.

Khalil Al-Saleh revealed that according to the replacement policy, 3,140 expats were terminated from their services in 2017 and 1500 expats in 2018.

We are in real trouble in view of the increasing number of unemployed graduates and the lack of clear policies to enroll them in the labour market"

Saleh also said that the committee had been notified of the availability of 1,500 job vacancies for Kuwaitis in the banking sector. "We are in real trouble in view of the increasing number of unemployed graduates and the lack of clear policies to enroll them in the labour market," he said.

Kuwaiti lawmakers have been pushing the government in recent years to create more jobs for national manpower in the private sector, which relies heavily on expat labour. Most government plans in this regard had failed to encourage citizens to leave the generally more rewarding and less demanding public sector job in favor of the commonly high demanding, less rewarding job in private companies.

Expats make up more than 90% of the private sector's workforce - a figure lawmakers usually blame for the country's demographic imbalance and often demand reducing in order to rectify said imbalance while at the same time create more jobs for Kuwaiti jobseekers.

 

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