Kuwaiti govt is planning to lay off 25,000 ex-pats from the civil sector
As part of its modernization drive known as Kuwaitisation, Kuwait wants to get rid of about 25,000 ex-pats now working for the government to substitute them with national residents.
The president of the parliamentary manpower committee has said that the amount of Kuwaitis waiting for the office job has fallen to only 6000 and will be allocated to government agencies over the coming year.
Khalil Al-Saleh has disclosed that 3,140 ex-pats have been suspended from their facilities in 2017 and 1,500 ex-pats in 2018 as per the returns policy.
Saleh also stated the commission had been told of 1,500 job openings open for Kuwaitis in the banking industry. “Given the increasing number of skilled students and the lack of clear policy to engage them in the employment market we are in real trouble,” he concluded.
In recent decades, Kuwaiti politicians have pressured the government to create more opportunities for private-sector national manpower, which depends heavily on ex-pat labor. 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 common high demanding, less rewarding job in private companies.
Expatriates compensate more than 90 percent of the employees in the private sector-a statistic usually faults policymakers for the demographic disparity in the country and often seeks a cut to rectify that anomaly while at the same time creating more jobs for Kuwaiti job applicants.