Half of Kuwaiti public sector employees graduates
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 23: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced 4,682 male and female citizens have registered with the central employment system to work in government sector, reports Al-Qabas daily. Among the candidates are 2,569 applicants with a university qualifi- cation or higher, 1,475 holding a diploma, 315 with a secondary school certificate, 185 with intermediate qualification and a two-year course, and 138 with an intermediate qualification or less. This comes in line with the mechanism introduced by the CSC to nominate citizens looking for work based on the needs of the concerned institutions.
Meanwhile, official figures show nearly half of Kuwaitis working in the government sector hold university and above-university degrees, while the middle educational class is low compared to university graduates, although the needs of government institutions reveal there is urgent need for graduates with diplomas to fill the shortage in 4 job categories, such as commercial and industrial inspection, weights and measurements, environmental protection and others, as well as a diploma in administrative support specialties such as secretarial and printing, a diploma in engineering such as computer engineering and computer maintenance, as well as a diploma in law, reports Al-Qabas daily.
Recent statistics on the educational level of national labor in the government sector revealed that about 48% of the total Kuwaitis working in ministries and government institutions are holders of Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctorate degrees, while those with post-secondary and below-university degrees are barely 14 percent. The figures show the illiteracy rate is zero among Kuwaiti government employees, as well as the percentage of those who can only read and write, while the percentage of primary certificate holders among national workers is 1.2 percent, and those with an intermediate certificate is 10.7, while 21.4 percent of the total Kuwaiti employees are holders of a secondary certificate or its equivalent.
In the meantime, the Assistant Undersecretary for Social Development at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Hana Al-Hajri, said the ministry will launch a new mechanism to requesting social assistance online, after the various stages of mechanization are completed, reports Al-Qabas daily. Al-Hajri added, in a press statement, that there will be an experimental electronic program that will enable the aid requester to follow up on the status of his/her file, whether it is a continuity or closure, pointing to a close connection to the phone service, in terms of sending a text message to the beneficiaries if there is a change in the status of the file. Regarding the electronic link with charity societies, Al-Hajri indicated that the ministry is now ready to link with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Central Bank of Kuwait, but there are some technical issues that are being looked into and worked on, and then date will be set for the launch of the automatic link between government institutions and charity societies.