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Expat-held top jobs eyed – Willing youths target 100% Kuwaitization

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KUWAIT CITY, June 19: There are Kuwaiti youth who aspire to not only implement the entire Kuwaitization plan on the ground, but also qualify to take up leadership positions and undergo training in professions that have been dominated by expatriates for a long time, reports Al-Qabas daily. While the aspirations of the younger generation are increasing to achieve 100 percent Kuwaitization rate, this file has been highlighted in many dialogues and discussions, especially after the Civil Service Council issued the decision regarding the rates of Kuwaitization in job groups in the ministries and government offices.

The five-year period specified by the decision is fast approaching expiry, and functional groups were able to achieve the required Kuwaitization rate. At the level of ministries and government offices, the rate of non-Kuwaiti workers in each ministry varies from one another, compared to the nature of work and the number of total employees. According to the latest available official statistics on labor market information issued by the Central Statistical Bureau for December 2021, the percentages of non-Kuwaiti workers in 17 government agencies, which are all ministries in the country, were determined.

The highest percentage of non-Kuwaiti employees are in the Ministry of Health with 54.6 percent non-Kuwaitis. This is followed by the Ministry of Education with 20 percent non-Kuwaitis. The increase in these percentages is due to the fact that the Kuwaitization decision did not include medical jobs as well as some teaching specializations due to the scarcity of national cadres for these jobs. On the other hand, the lowest percentage of non-Kuwaiti employees was in the Ministry of Defense with 0.8 percent, and then the Ministry of Oil with 0.9 percent

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The Ministry of Communications ranked third in terms of the lowest percentage of non-Kuwaiti employees with 1.5 percent, followed by the Ministry of Public Works with 1.8 percent, then Ministry of Commerce and Industry with 2 percent, the Ministry of Finance in in sixth place with 2.7 percent, and then the Ministry of Interior with 2.8 percent. In eighth place is the Ministry of Electricity and Water with three percent non-Kuwaiti employees out of the total employees in the ministry, followed by the Ministry of Labor Affairs with 3.2 percent.

In tenth place is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with 3.7 percent, and then the Ministry of Higher Education with 7.3 percent non-Kuwaiti employees. The Ministry of Justice then came in with 8 percent, then the media with 9.7 percent, and finally the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs with 10.6 percent of non-Kuwaiti employees.

According to informed sources, the percentages of non-Kuwaiti employees in government agencies will reduce further due to the measures taken in the Kuwaitization file, as the authorities are being asked to end the services of non-Kuwaiti employees in accordance with the decisions of the CSC, and not to accept any application for the appointment of non-Kuwaitis employees in jobs where national cadres are available. The non-Kuwaitis in the ministries are mostly the employees of the service job group, which are jobs that are not attractive to national cadres.

Also, the Kuwaitization rate required in these jobs is considered the lowest compared to some other job groups, as the target Kuwaitization rate is 85 percent due to the nature of some of the tasks included under this group. The sources concluded by saying that they hope the ministries will soon achieve a higher Kuwaitization rate by preparing national cadres to carry out most of the tasks of the functional groups.

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