1,629 expatriates terminated in 2018 from public sector
The number of expatriate workers terminated in state departments in the first half of 2018 reached 1,629, according to official statistics which further indicate that 1,431 non-Kuwaitis lost their jobs in the public sector in the past three months alone.
This is a drastic step forward in the government’s efforts to create more jobs for Kuwaiti job seekers in the public sector by releasing expats working in state departments, especially when considering that only 666 non-Kuwaiti employees were terminated in 2017 according to statistics released by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
The information technology system at the CSC issued recently its second quarterly statistical report for 2018 regarding the total number of government employees until as of July 1, 2018. The statistics show that the total number of public sector employees reaches 352,169, with an increase of 2,478 Kuwaiti employees compared to the first quarter of 2018. The report further shows that 42.1 percent of the employees (148,257) registered in the second quarter were males, whereas female employees made by 57.9 percent (203,912). Further, the report showed that Kuwaiti staff make up 76.13 percent of public sector employees (268,100), in addition to 4,521 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals, 48,180 Arabs and 31,368 non-Arab foreign nationals.
In terms of employment at each state department, the statistics show that the Ministry of Education has the largest number of civil employees with 114,868, followed by the Ministry of Health with 63,206, the Ministry of Electricity and Water with 21,025 and Ministry of Interior with 20,270.
Jobs wise, the statistics show that teaching staff members came first with 83,743 employees, followed by 55,712 administrative support employees, then 50,411 in medical jobs, 43,511 in engineering jobs, 23,631 in financial, economic and commercial jobs and 572 in marine jobs.
As far as qualifications is concerned, the statistics show that government employees include 5,518 PhD holders, 11,623 Master’s holders, 161,919 bachelor’s degree holders, 54,584 diploma holders, 66,629 high school degree holders, in addition to 10,911 employees (including 3334 citizens) with primary education. Moreover, the statistics show that 10,654 employees, including 7,480 citizens, have been in service for over 30 years.