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Jobs for Kuwaitis – Work equality eyed

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 30: In line with the Kuwaitization policy and plan to address the lopsided demographic structure, the government is looking into the possibility of amending the specified percentage of Kuwaiti workers appointed under government contracts in various State authorities, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed the Ministry of Public Works started this step by setting a regulation regarding the appointment of national workers in its new and existing projects and it is awaiting the approval of Public Works Minister Dr Rana Al-Faris.

Sources clarified the government’s approach is to provide job opportunities for national workers in basic jobs in the State’s infrastructure projects, in addition to secondary and administrative jobs. Meanwhile, Deputy Director General of the National Labor Sector at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Abdullah Al- Mutatah confirmed ongoing efforts to create a working environment similar to that of the government sector, including employment privileges and job security.

On the sidelines of the recent open recruitment for nationals under one of the ministry’s contacts, Al-Mutatah affirmed the authority’s keenness to guarantee equality between workers in the public and private sectors. He said this is in addition to partnerships with different entities in the private sector in order to provide suitable job opportunities for nationals. He also unveiled a plan to issue decisions to ensure the proper implementation of regulations on equality between workers in the private and government sectors. He said the job opportunities under government contracts are for citizens who hold university degrees, diplomas and high school certificates; as well as those with experience and the fresh graduates.

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