Decrease in number of non-Kuwaitis in public sector

Government’s plan to provide more jobs for citizens by replacing non-Kuwaitis working in the public sector has led to a significant drop in the number of foreigners employed in government jobs.

Revealing this, the State Minister of Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel said that the non-Kuwaiti employees in the public sector now number 81,817, a sharp drop from the more than 114,000 that were employed in the sector a few years back.

Giving a break-up of the different groups that made up the public sector workforce, the minister noted that now there were 46,968 Arabs, 27,708 Asians, 207 Africans, 196 Americans, 183 Europeans, 9 Australians, and 4,273 Gulf nationals, in addition to 2,273 of bedouin status.

Based on the numbers provided by the minister it is clear that the number of non-Kuwaitis working in the public sector has fallen appreciably in the seven years since 2012 when the numbers employed was 114,890. The number of non-Kuwaitis in government jobs also registered a 4.5 percent drop from the start of 2017, when there were 85,670 employed in the public sector.