100,000 jobs for citizens in the private sector

Kuwait City, Sep 30: The Council of Ministers assigned the Public Authority for Manpower to create a clear and feasible program and plan through which 100,000 male and female citizens will be employed in the private sector within 4 years. Informed sources revealed that programs will be developed that encourage the employment of Kuwaitis in the private sector instead of the public sector, with the benefits and advantages of the program being marketed in traditional and modern media, explaining that the plan aims to reduce the pressure of the salary item, which devours approximately 60 percent of the state budget.
 
The Cabinet also asked the Public Authority for Manpower to work on addressing the gaps within the employment support system, limiting targeted misuse, and reducing fake employment by analyzing data on labor that receives employment support, monitoring companies, and setting standards for fake employment in private sector employment.

The sources said that a mechanism will be put in place to write off the fictitious workers registered in the labor support, in addition to addressing the salary gap between expatriate workers and national workers and drawing up the necessary policies to bridge the gaps in the salary scale, given that a large percentage of the wages of expatriates in the private sector is higher than the wages of Kuwaitis.  

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Here are the full details

In light of the transformation of youth employment in the public sector into a burden on the government and the rise in unemployment in the country, Al-Qabas learned that the Council of Ministers tasked the Public Authority for Manpower to create a clear and feasible program and plan through which 100,000 male and female citizens will be employed in the private sector within 4 years.

Informed sources said that programs will be developed that encourage the employment of Kuwaitis in the private sector instead of the public sector, while marketing the benefits and advantages of the program in traditional and modern media, explaining that the plan aims to reduce pressure on the first chapter on salaries in the state budget, as this item devours Approximately 60 percent of the general government budget.

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Recruitment Strategies

The assignment stated the following:

  1. Conducting a reference study on the incentive plans implemented by the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, especially the most developed countries, regarding providing incentives to private sector companies to employ citizens in early 2022.
  2. Conducting a study to identify high-priority jobs to attract national labor early next year.
  3. Assessing the impact of possible incentive plans in the medium and long term.
  4. Conducting a reference study on the incentives plans implemented by the most developed Gulf Cooperation Council countries and other leading developed countries regarding the provision of incentives at the end of next year.
  5. Develop a strategy and policy to close the salary gap between expatriate workers and national workers. And drawing up the necessary policies to bridge the gaps in the salary scale, given that a large percentage of the wages of expatriates in the private sector is higher than the wages of Kuwaitis.
  6. Launching the proposed policies and communication strategy in early 2023.

Fictitious Employment

The Council of Ministers also assigned the Public Authority for Manpower to work on addressing the gaps within the employment support system, limiting targeted misuse, and limiting phantom employment by analyzing data on labor that receives employment support, monitoring companies, and setting standards for phantom employment in private sector employment.

The sources said that a mechanism will be put in place to write off the fictitious workers registered in the employment subsidy.

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She indicated that the Cabinet set a timetable for eliminating fake Kuwaiti workers in the sector, according to the following:

  1. Launching new standards to control fictitious employment during 2022.
  2. Reducing fictitious workers by analyzing the data of the workers that receive employment support, monitoring companies, and imposing effective penalties on violators.
  3. Addressing the informal parallel labor market regarding the issuance of work permits for expatriate workers.
  4. Determining fictitious employment standards in the recruitment processes in the private sector.
  5. Analyzing the data of those receiving employment support in the private sector and identifying fictitious employment.
  6. Determining measures to reduce fictitious employment and discourage it.
  7. Monitoring the level of progress, updating the analysis data periodically, and reviewing measures to reduce the employment of fake workers.

Adil Khan

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