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Kuwaitis first, no surge in hiring expats in govt sector
July 22, 2017, 8:15 am
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The government is tilting toward supporting the idea of employing national personnel, affirming there’s no surge in employment of expatriates in public sector from the time when Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued a decision in that regard, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah reaffirmed that CSC did not approve of the appointment of expatriates in public sector with the exception of 188 staff within 7 months, noting the decision was based on the instruction that non-Kuwaitis should not be employed — except for medical services and teaching fields, until the proposal had been presented for approval.

In a question raised by MP Khalil Al-Saleh, the minister refuted information contained in an official statistics indicating an increase in the number of expatriate employees in public sector by 4,000 in 2016. It claimed the rate of employing expatriates was unprecedented in 2016 and 212 percent high compared to 2015. He reiterated the average monthly rate of expatriate employment in public sector since the decision was issued in May 2016 until the end of the year stood at 28 cases.

Meanwhile, End of Service Department in the Ministry of Education disclosed the department has processed the documents of some 2,731 teaching and administrative staff who tendered their resignation and those due for retirement in the current academic year, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting acting head of the sector Mohammad Matar.

He added 1,062 of them are Kuwaitis and the remaining 1,669 expatriates. He pointed to the ministry’s resolution of ensuring easy procedures to assist retired or sacked employees. He explained that Public Education Sector dismissed 441 expatriate computer, science and social studies teachers in line with the replacement policy, while 103 Kuwaiti teachers were retired compulsorily after putting in over 34 years of service.

He advised those who wish to tender their resignation to do so at the appropriate time so as to avoid the deduction of summer salaries from their indemnity.

Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has almost completed preparing the final report concerning collection of donations during the month of Ramadan since the deadline allocated for 22 authorized charitable societies in this regard has elapsed, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting informed sources.

They affirmed that the report will be on the minister’s table by Wednesday, stressing that all concerned agencies complied with the ultimatum by submitting the reports to the Department of Charitable Societies and Donor Foundations.

The sources indicated that the final report will elicit violations that exceed KD 35 million.

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