‘Finance’ temporarily halts Kuwaitis appointments in government sector

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KUWAIT CITY, April 23: The Ministry of Finance has suspended the appointments of new Kuwaitis in the government sector, until the adoption of the draft budget 2022- 2023, or the issuance of a law linking the budget, reports Al-Qabas daily. In this regard the ministry has issued a circular to regulate new appointments until the issuance of the law linking the budgets of ministries and government departments and laws linking the budgets of these departments and independent institutions for fiscal 2022-2023. The circular stipulates that new jobs would not be filled until the budget was approved, meaning stopping the nominations of new employees in the government sector.

The sources expect the suspension to continue until next July or August, until the issuance of the budget linking law, which will pile up applications on waiting list at the Civil Service Commission as a result of the Ministry of Finance’s procedures, noting that the appointments of new employees in the government sector were made on a daily basis through the authorities’ announcement of their needs and then the CSC acted immediately but the recent financial circular put a stop to all appointments.

The sources asked about the measure that the Ministry of Finance would take in the event that the National Assembly did not approve the budgets of government agencies that include new grades for appointments, adding that the finance should also specify the number of months according to which the financial appropriations were estimated for the new grades of appointment, whether they were estimated for 12 completed months or less than that and the number of months for which the estimate was made.

Responsible sources had previously warned of the Ministry of Finance’s procedures in budget preparation circulars, foremost of which is the cancellation of the supplementary appropriation for job grades in government agencies in the draft budget 2022-2023, as it leads to the accumulation of Kuwaitis waiting for a job in the government sector, as the Ministry of Finance has previously obligated the authorities. The government is satisfied and committed to the number of new job grades that the authorities include in their budget projects without increasing them, and requesting an increase in these grades during the fiscal year, which will result in an increase in the number of government job seekers.

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