Efforts To Reduce Expat Workers Presence Failed

01 October 2023 Expats

Even though the government has stepped up its efforts to reduce foreign workers in the public sector, recent data from the Central Administration of Statistics (Statistical Work Sector) indicates that expatriates working in the government sector increased by 3.6 percent compared to the same period the year before, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The number of expatriates working in the government sector rose from 90.9 thousand at the end of June 2022 to 94.2 thousand at the end of June this year, according to reports.

A number of directives were issued by the executive authority to establish committees to reduce the number of expatriates in the country several years ago. The most recent of these initiatives was the Council of Ministers’ decision in May, to form a national committee to regulate demographics.

A committee led by First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, involving 10 government agencies, seemed to take a more proactive approach to making decisions.

The Kuwaiti private sector employed more than half of the workforce, estimated at 56.3%, due to the growth of non-oil economic activities and the acceleration of small, medium, and large enterprises (SMEs).

In the private sector (Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis), there were 1.619 million workers at the end of June, a 11% increase from 1.458 million at the end of June 2022, and 161,000 jobs had been created.

Out of 1.641 million expatriate workers, approximately 953,000 held intermediate or lower educational qualifications, representing around 58%. These numbers do not include domestic workers.

The number of individuals with secondary school certificates and higher was about 377,500, while the number of individuals with university degrees and higher was around 420,000.

According to Al-Qabas, 80 percent of foreign workers in Kuwait, excluding domestic workers, work in five economic activities:

- 41.6 percent work in restaurants, hotels, and similar service activities.

- 14.3 percent in the construction sector.

- 10.2 percent work in the manufacturing industry.

- 7.2 percent are employed in administrative and support services

- 6.7 percent work in the wholesale and retail trade and vehicle repair sectors. ‎

There is a significant decrease in the number of foreign workers in certain economic sectors, as a significant decrease can be seen in the number of jobs in financial activities, insurance, arts, entertainment, and amusement, as well as information and communication.


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