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‘Finance is almost done with study on public wage reform’

Recommendations to be implemented by early 2019

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 3: The ongoing research on public wage reform initiative by the Ministry of Finance is almost done after passing through several stages of review over the past three years, reports Annahar daily.

The daily quoting sources added the recommendations of the study will be implemented by early 2019 to standardize pay in public sector while controlling the wage bill. They pointed out that the study does not focus on reducing salaries; rather, the salaries of some employees will witness a raise. He explained that employees of some official establishments receive high salaries while others in different sections receive too low salaries, although they share the same qualification and specialization.

It is worthy of note that a specialist company was signed up to review the study on a new salary scale. The item of salaries in the budget for fiscal year 2016/2017 was KD 16.7 billion equivalent to $50 billion.

Meanwhile, Kuwait Municipality held a wide reshuffl e of top officials of the municipality and made new appointments, including a number of heads of sectors and directors of departments, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources.

They explained that the Minister of Public Works and State Minister for Municipal Affairs Eng Hossam Al-Roumi has withdrawn the nominations of a number deputy director generals whose names were submitted to the Council of Ministers by the former minister Mohammed Al- Jabri for appointment to their positions.

They included Eng Nadia Al-Shuraidah, Eng. Mohammed Al-Za’abi, and Eng Mohammed Dughaim Al-Otaibi. Sources affirmed the non-renewal of the contracts of deputy director generals Eng Walid Al- Jassim, Eng Faisal Sadiq, Eng Abdullah Imadi and Eng Fahad Al-Musbahi, considering their terms had been renewed two consecutive times. Eng Saad Al- Muhailabi has been promoted to a leadership position.

Meanwhile, Minister Eng Al- Roumi is waiting for reports of the deputy general directors on the achievements of each sector separately. This will help him in the reshuffl ing process as well as to retain some officials in their positions. He is expected to meet the municipality leadership next week to discuss the reports.

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