Indians 24% of workforce in Kuwait, 437,100 total without domestics

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Egyptians 2nd, Kuwaitis third

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 11: According to official data about the labor market as of the end of September 2022, the Kuwait labor market received about 212,250 citizens and residents during the first nine months of 2022. This includes 85,900 expatriates in the public and private sectors, and 8,675 male and female citizens. This brings the total workforce in the two sectors to 1.97 million male and female workers by the end of September 2022, as compared to 1.88 million by the end of December 2021, reports Al-Anba daily. With the entry of about 117,700 new male and female domestic workers, the total number of workers in the family sector increased to 711,340 workers as of the end of September. This increases the total number of expatriates to 203,600. In this regard, the labor market data as of the end of September 2022 showed that India has returned to top the list of the highest number of workers in Kuwait, after Egypt fell to second place during the last period.

Community
The Indian community topped the list of labor distribution according to nationality in Kuwait, after it constituted about 24.1 percent of the labor force in the Kuwaiti market with 476,300 male and female workers as of the end of September, with an increase of 39,219 workers who entered the local labor market in just nine months. Their numbers at the end of December 2021 was 437,100 without counting the domestic workers. The Egyptian community retreated to the second place in the labor market, as their number reached about 467,070 male and female workers, constituting 23.6 percent of the workforce in Kuwait.

Their numbers increased by about 16,000 male and female workers, who entered the labor market in nine months. Their numbers were about 451,050 workers as of the end of December 2021. The Kuwaiti workforce remained in third place with 438,800 male and female workers, constituting 22.2 percent of the total workforce in the country, after their number increased by about 8,675 male and female citizens, compared to 430,120 citizens at the end of December 2021.

The Bangladeshi community ranked fourth after witnessing a slight increase to 158,900 male and female workers at the end of September 2022, compared to 158,700 at the end of December 2021. In fifth place is the Filipino workforce, whose numbers increased to 65,260 from 64,300 at the end of December 2021. In sixth place is the Syrian labor force, whose numbers increased to 63,680 compared to 63,360 at the end of December 2021. The increase in the number of Nepalese workers was noticeable. Their numbers increased by about 18,500 male and female workers, bringing their number to about 56,500 male and female workers by the end of September 2022, as compared to 37,900 at the end of December 2021. The number of Jordanians increased to 26,850 male and female workers, as compared to 25,500 at the end of December 2021.

Iran disappeared from the list of the top 10 nationalities present in the labor market in Kuwait, after Lebanon took its place in the tenth place with their numbers reaching 20,270, including 13,900 men and 6,300 women. Iran was ranked tenth at the end of 2021 after it recorded about 19,940 male and female workers.

In a related context, the number of domestic workers in Kuwait increased during the first nine months of 2022 by nearly 20 percent, or by 117,690. Their numbers reached about 711,340 at the end of September 2022, as compared to 593,640 at the end of December 2021.

In the list of domestic workers based on nationality, Indians top the list with the largest number of domestic workers, reaching 323,800 at the end of September after their numbers increased by 44,200 male and female domestic workers, as compared to 279,500 by the end of 2021.

The number of domestic workers of Filipino nationality increased by 49,500, reaching 184,960 by the end of September 2022, compared to 135,430 at the end of December 2021.

Sri Lankan domestic workers increased by 15,900 male and female workers, bringing their number to 80,590 at the end of September, as compared to 64,600 at the end of December 2021. The Nepalese domestic workers increased by 6,099 male and female workers, bringing their number to about 17,550 at the end of September 2022, as compared to 11,451 at the end of December 2021.

Salary
The average salary of Kuwaiti citizens increased during the first nine months of 2022 to KD 1,519, as compared to KD 1,491 at the end of 2021. The average salary of citizens in the government sector was KD 1,563 at the end of September 2022 as compared to KD 1,539 at the end of December 2021. The average salary of Kuwaitis in the private sector increased to KD 1,294 compared to KD 1,255 at the end of 2021.
The average salary of expatriates increased during the first nine months of 2022 to KD 340 from KD 338 at the end of 2021. The average salary of an expatriate in the government sector was about KD 744 at the end of September 2022, as compared to KD 738 at the end of December 2021. The average salary of expatriates in the private sector increased to KD 319 from KD 317 at the end of December 2021.

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