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278,243 Kuwaitis sought jobs in the public sector in last 20 years

Progress seen concerning needs of labor market

KUWAIT CITY, March 5: The total number of Kuwaitis of both genders who applied for jobs in the government sector in the last 20 years from 1999 to 2019 was 278,243, reports Al-Nahar daily.

According to official government statistics, those who withdrew their applications because they got a job without the help of the central employment system were 42,743.

Those registered in the system are about 235,688 citizens, and out of them, 215,613 got employed. Those who got nominated for employment within that period are about 11,628 citizens from the total number of applicants. Also, 8,447 applications were rejected due to various reasons as described by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Among these reasons are that, some refused to work in institutions which needed manpower to fill vacancies, some others had education qualification below high school, and others are on the waiting list because they want to work in the government sector such as the oil sector in a capacity that matches their qualifications, such engineers in fields related to oil and petroleum.

CSC indicated that there are 16 government bodies with 6,483 vacant positions which have not been filled due to lack of applicants, or because the nominees preferred to pass those opportunities in order to land other opportunities of their preference.

Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health account for 3,893 of those vacant positions, which is about 60 percent of the available positions starting from April 1, 2019.

Meanwhile, since the Cabinet approved the government’s program of action under the slogan ‘Towards Sustainable Development’, which focused its priorities on education to meet the needs of the labor market, the government has made progress with regards to the needs of the labor market, reports Al-Anba daily quoting government sources.

In this regard, cooperation and the exchange of factual information between the recipients of the outputs of education and those responsible for meeting the needs of the labor market, have yielded satisfactory results in providing national cadres in all disciplines in varying degrees, including education, medicine, nursing, law, accounting and specialized technical support and assistance, but some of them need to fine-tune their experience.

The sources added that the obsession of the head of the Civil Service Commission, Ahmed Al-Jassar and the Undersecretary of the CSC, Badr Al-Hamad, who have set their minds to harmonize the outputs of education and the needs of the labor market made them focus continuously on the higher education and technical institutions.

The sources stressed that the educational programs are implemented based on a realistic vision of integrated, comprehensive and accurate needs of the labor market in scientific disciplines, technical and professional fields as well as the disciplines that exceed the needs and constitute a convincing unemployment.

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