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Expat hires in private sector cut by 62%

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 23: The rate of recruitment of expatriate workers in the private sector has decreased by 62 percent in the last three years, from 2015 to 2018, which is an indication of the success of policies to restructure the demographic balance in the country.

In this context, statistics issued by the General Department for Immigration and Passport Affairs reveal that the number of expatriates who received “Article 18” residency in the private sector for the first time reached 20,650 in 2018 from 54,840 in 2015, which is a difference of 34,190 expatriate employees recruited in three years.

The statistics also pointed out a decline in recruitment of Arabs by 52 percent, with the number of new Arab expatriates reaching 9,247 in 2018 compared to 19,256 in 2015.

The rate of decline in employment of workers from non-Arab countries was 68.5 percent, given that only 10,714 people from those countries came to Kuwait in 2018, compared to 34,000 in 2015.

On the other hand, the government sector did not witness any significant increase in the employment of new expatriates on “Article 17” residency, as the total number of expatriates who received this residency for the first time reached 1,136 in 2018 from 970 in 2015.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has exempted expatriate teachers from the Kuwaitization (replacement) policy for the third consecutive year, reports Al-Qabas daily.

CSC had asked Ministry of Education to terminate the services of 286 expatriate employees, all of who are administrative employees, by the end of the current academic year.

According to a letter sent by CSC to the ministry, the number of employees listed for termination based on the Kuwaitization plan is less than the number listed in the previous two years.

These employees include 13 working in engineering positions, 245 in social, educational and sports positions, 11 in letters, information and arts positions, six in legal affairs positions, two in information technology positions, and three in administrative support positions.

It is worth mentioning that Ministry of Education has a total of 25,402 expatriate employees, and 23,933 of them are teachers, which is 93 percent of the total expatriate employees in the ministry. Sources said the expatriate teachers have been exempted from the Kuwaitization plan due to shortage in the number of teachers for some specializations and the opening of new schools

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