|11 June, 2019

Kuwaitization policy facing difficulties in government sector

Concerned government bodies promised to keep such employment within minimal limits

Image used for illustrative purpose. Kuwait, elevated view of the modern city skyline and central business district.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Kuwait, elevated view of the modern city skyline and central business district.

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KUWAIT: Well-informed governmental sources said the Civil Service Commission (CSC) received responses from several government bodies in which they expressed difficulty in laying off expats working for fixed monthly payments, which had been requested by CSC to help Kuwaitize the government sector within five years. The sources added these bodies explained the expat workers get fixed low payments that do not overburden ministries’ budgets and that they do jobs that Kuwaitis “do not or would not do,” while that their employment does not contradict with citizens’ employment if they apply for the job.

Further, the sources said that the concerned government bodies promised to keep such employment within minimal limits, to annually provide CSC with job numbers, tasks and salaries, as well as the finance ministry’s approval. The sources also noted that CSC replied by emphasizing the need to lay off any of those expats in case of the availability of Kuwaitis to replace them. Meanwhile, the sources said 63 percent of the Jahra labor city construction has been completed, adding that the city is expected to be ready by next year and is one of six due to be built.

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