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Rethink on under-30 expat hires

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 3: Indications are rife that the government may reconsider its decision to limit the recruitment of expatriate employees to those who are 30 years old and above, and the decision is likely to have consequences on the execution of several ongoing development projects, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The daily quoting a source noted the idea is being pondered at a time when several government departments and agencies, such as Public Authority for Manpower, the Secretariat General for Planning and many others are determined to employ in January expatriates holding diploma and higher certificates who are up to thirty years and above.

However, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh has postponed it for further studies. The source stressed the implementation of the decision in the second half of the next fiscal year without exhaustive study will have negative implication on the ongoing projects, especially if the officials fail to consider almost 32 major projects at hand and many other projects that could be incorporated with time.

He explained the Public Authority for Housing Welfare has been considering the need to collaborate with the Public Authority for Manpower to resolve issues related to housing, because it is the most important national concern.

The same source pointed out that the authority will soon sign contracts with some companies to execute four projects at Mutlaa Residential City, in addition to other contracts wherein over 15,000 workers are needed, in addition to 3,500 workers for the execution of South Abdullah Al-Mubarak Residential City project.

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