Kuwait’s revised overseas hiring excludes domestics

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KUWAIT CITY, April 27: The Director of Public Relations and Media Department at the Public Authority for Manpower Aseel Al-Mazyed has said the recent decision to amend the recruitment process for workers hired from overseas is for private sector employees and does not include domestic workers, reports Al-Anba daily. Al-Mazyed, who is also the spokeswoman for PAM, added the decision allows the transfer of these private sector employees to another employer after three years or upon payment of 300 dinars transfer fee, contingent upon the original sponsor’s approval.

Al-Mazyed clarified the new mechanism replaces the previous system of recruitment which was based on activity categories. This decision will take effect from June 1 and will be in force for one year, subject to evaluation by the PAM Board of Directors. She further mentioned that business owners can submit applications for work permits to the authority ‘online’. Al-Mazyed also noted the Authority’s endeavor to integrate all its services into the Sahel application. She went on to say although there is no suspension of work permit issuance, there is ongoing consideration to regulate specific professions solely within the Kuwaiti labor market.

Additionally, it was disclosed that PAM will observe World Occupational Safety Day on Sunday under the theme ‘Towards a Safe Work Environment’. The celebration will include a workshop covering seven topics, with the participation of seven government agencies, each addressing its respective area of expertise, particularly focusing on occupational safety measures and inspection mechanisms.

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