Population hits 4.5m; Kuwaitis increase
KUWAIT CITY, April 1: The total number of employees in the public sector is 390,000; 73.7 percent of them are Kuwaitis and the remaining 26.3 percent are expatriates, reports Al-Qabas daily.
According to statistics issued recently by the Central Statistical Bureau, the number of Kuwaiti employees in the public sector has increased by 17 percent compared to their number in 2013. At the same time, the number of expatriates also increased by 12 percent during the same period.
Half of the public sector employees work in Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. 71.6 percent of employees in Ministry of Education are Kuwaitis, while the Kuwaiti employees in Ministry of Health constitute 42.6 percent of the total number of employees.
According to Al-Shall report, there is a huge decrease in the number of expatriates in general. In 2017, the number of expatriates witnessed a growth of 1.9 percent, while in 2016 the growth rate was 4.8 percent.
Towards the end of 2016, the number of Kuwaiti employees in both public and private sectors reduced compared to their number in the end of 2017.
Al-Shall report revealed that the reason behind this reduction, as per the information they received, is the launch of a campaign to update data by linking different state bodies with the Public Authority for Social Security and the Central Statistical Bureau.
This led to the discovery of outdated information about a number of Kuwaiti employees, which resulted in them being inserted as unemployed citizens. The total number of workers in Kuwait is 2 million and 706, constituting 60.1 percent of the total number of residents in Kuwait. The total number of residents in Kuwait reached 4.5 million by the end of 2017 with two percent increase compared to the number in 2016. In other words, there was an increase of 89,400 individuals including 32,300 Kuwaitis in the span of one year. Kuwaiti female employees constitute 48.3 percent of the total number of Kuwaiti employees, and 24.9 percent of the total number of employees in Kuwait. The total number of Kuwaiti employees is 466,200 including 322,400 working in the public sector and constituting 79.4 percent of the total number of Kuwaiti employees.