4,000 expats leave Kuwait in 3 months; 60+ years make the bulk

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Decline hits all types of workers

KUWAIT CITY, July 16: The labor market for expatriates who are sixty years and above continue to bleed because of the cost of renewing the work permits, which exceed 800 dinars, reports Al-Qabas daily. A recent report issued by the Public Authority for Manpower, in cooperation with the Central Administration of Statistics, revealed more than 4,000 expatriates, 60 years and above have left the country during the first quarter of this year. The government report pointed out that the decline hit all types of workers from this category of workers, whether university graduates or holders of a high school certificate, while their numbers stabilized until last April at 65,000 resident workers.

The employment of 60 years and above – holders of a general secondary certificate and below – pays large fees in exchange for renewing work permits, residence and health insurance. As for the sectors that witnessed a decline in the labor market, the report pointed out that the sector of administrative and support services activities was the highest in the total number of departures in 3 months, with a decrease of 1,423 workers, followed by the construction sector, which lost 792 workers.

The agriculture, forestry and fishing sector also lost 739 workers, in addition to 257 workers who left the accommodation and food services sector, and 103 others who left permanently after working for years in the manufacturing sector. With regard to those below 60 years workers, the report indicated the “wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles witnessed an increase of 3,406 workers, followed by the professional, scientific and technical activities sector with 2016 workers.” Changes in the labor market in the first quarter of 2022 – of the 1.3 million workers in the private sector 1,423 left the administrative services sector, 792 workers left the construction sector, 3,406 workers joined the wholesale trade and vehicle repair sector and 1,499 workers entered the education sector.

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