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Kuwait suspends 75 companies over 'fake employees'

The companies claimed a total of 500 fake Kuwaiti employees on its books in a bid to avoid sanctions

Kuwait suspends 75 companies over 'fake employees'

Seventy-five companies have been suspended from operating in Kuwait for breaching nationalisation rules.

The companies claimed a total of 500 fake Kuwaiti employees to avoid sanctions for not meeting minimum quotas, local media reported.

Kuwaitis make up only 5 percent of workers in the private sector, with the majority of locals working in the country’s significantly bloated public sector.

The government, along with other GCC states, has implemented minimum quotas for the hiring of Kuwaitis in a bid to encourage more to move to the private sector. However, attractive perks and salaries in government jobs has seen few switch.

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