KUWAIT CITY, Oct 4: In light of the Cabinet’s endeavor to address the labor market imbalances in the private sector in parallel with raising the level of the State Treasury tributaries of non-oil revenues, the General Secretariat of the Cabinet has assigned the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) to update the work permit system for expatriates, increase the charges for work permits, and review all of the revenues the authority generates from its services with an intention to increase their value, reports Al- Qabas daily quoting informed sources.
They explained that the Cabinet’s mandate will include developing a plan to implement the increase in fees for services provided by the PAM during the second and third quarters of the year 2022, including the fees for expatriate workers’ visas, and amend the work permit system with the aim of eliminating the phenomenon of visa trading, and presence of marginal workers who do not provide much value to the local economy.
The sources stressed the need to develop a communication plan to inform about the revised fees imposed on the private sector after the completion of the process of raising their value.
They explained that the assignment included the following:
1. Adopting a system of lump sum employment quotas in each sector or economic activity for Kuwaiti and non- Kuwaiti workers.
2. Determining the percentage of national labor required in the private sector from the beginning of 2022 to start from five percent and reach 20 percent until the end of 2025.
3. Raising the efficiency of the national workforce in the private labor market by localizing skills and attracting the workforce for specialized jobs.
4. Providing programs to attract and settle skilled foreign workers.
5. Identifying and supporting the most active and developing sectors, such as the digital, cyber, and innovation sectors.
6. Conducting a reference study on the incentive structure for simulating the experience of the Gulf Cooperation Council and other developed countries to attract highly skilled foreign workers.
7. Designing a targeted incentive plan to attract national workers and amending it periodically to ensure they are attracted to work in the private sector.
8. Developing a communication plan to inform highly skilled expatriate workers of possible incentives to attract them to the labor market in Kuwait.