2.5 Lakhs expatriates left Kuwait permanently in 2021

Kuwait News, Jan 3: While efforts continued to modify the demographic structure and implement the Kuwaitization plan in the state’s agencies, the labor market witnessed several changes during the past world, most notably 257,000 expatriates leaving the country permanently (205,000 of them work in the private sector, and 7,000 in government agencies).

Recent government reports issued by the Civil Information Authority and the Labor Market System revealed that the private sector was the most expatriate to leave, followed by the family sector “domestic labor”, which saw 41,200 domestic workers leave the country during 2021.

In contrast to the rate of decline in the expatriate labor market, the number of Kuwaitis in the labor market increased by a total of 23,000 Kuwaitis during 2021, the majority of whom are in the government sector.


According to reports, there are 2.7 million people in the country in the labor market, of whom Kuwaitis constitute 16.2%, while a large proportion of expatriate workers work in the family sector “domestic workers” with a total of 639,000 workers, constituting 22.8% of the labor force.

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Private Sector

While the labor market witnessed a stark shortage in some professional disciplines as a result of the Corona pandemic and the suspension of the recruitment of expatriate workers from abroad, the private sector suffered a significant decrease in employment, and the relevant agencies in the country were unable to attract national labor to the jobs offered, which suit their scientific degrees, and is still The demand for employment in the government sector is the largest at the end of this year.


A report issued by the National Employment Sector in the Manpower Authority revealed that 21,000 citizens are registered as job seekers, of whom 48.3% have desires to be appointed to jobs in the private sector, which is a high percentage compared to 9 years ago, with a total of 10,162 citizens.

Technical Professions

Despite the efforts made and the decrease in numbers, reports revealed that the shortage of professional labor negatively affected the sectors of construction, agriculture, fishing, cleaning, public services and correspondence, and printers.” , after it was between 10 to 15 dinars before Corona.

Currently, with the reopening of aviation and the return of many expatriate workers stranded abroad, it has been observed the return of labor gatherings in different regions of the country, such as the entrances and exits of the “Khaitan, Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, Shuwaikh, Kebd, Sulaibiya, Al-Mutlaa Road, Al-Wafra Road, Sabah City Road.” Al-Ahmad, Al-Ahmadi Industrial, Al-Sabahiya.


Marginal employment

Al-Qabas monitored the return of the prices of workers working in the field of “transportation, installation and dismantling of furniture” and other public services to normal again, as the worker requests approximately 5 dinars in exchange for any work, in contrast to the value that was requested during the recent period.

In an interview with Al-Qabas, they stated that they mastered work in any field related to building, construction, transportation and other orders that require physical effort, as they are accustomed to such work, while some of them are violating the residency law and do not work in specialized companies. Other than that they follow.

Raising the percentage of national labor under study

The Civil Service Bureau and the Public Authority for Manpower are studying raising the rates of hiring Kuwaitis in the private sector and Kuwaitizing some professions, jobs and titles. The concerned state authorities are also working on developing a strict plan to activate the mechanism for appointing people with special needs to jobs in the private sector.


The hotel sector in the country is expected to announce new jobs for Kuwaitis, in addition to expanding the areas of business owners and small and medium enterprises.

Figures from the labor market in 2021

  • 639 thousand domestic workers
  • 1.5 million non-Kuwaiti workers in the private sector
  • 73 thousand Kuwaitis in the private sector
  • 346 thousand Kuwaitis in the government sector
  • 21006 Kuwaiti job seekers

Revival in the domestic labor market

Informed sources expected a recovery in the domestic labor market during the coming period, with an increase in the recruitment of large numbers to Kuwait.

The sources told Al-Qabas that the high volume of labor sending to Kuwait contributed to covering some of the shortfall, noting that the past period witnessed the provision of more labor specialized in the field of home nursing to care for the elderly and children.


Most wanted cleaners and security guards

It is clear that there is a shortage of companies working in the field of guarding, security, cleaning services and transportation in light of the Corona crisis, as the volume of demand for these professions has increased.

These companies, especially those with government contracts, offer benefits to the workers, who join them, most notably shared housing, meals, and transportation to and from work.


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