The number of Kuwaiti nationals employed by the government has risen nearly 2,500 from the previous year.
Over 1,600 expatriate workers were terminated from public sector positions in Kuwait in 2018, according to new statistics from Kuwait’s Civil Service Commission (CSC).
According to the statistics quoted in the Kuwait Times of the 1,629 employees terminated, 1,431 lost their job in the last three months alone.
The terminations come as Kuwait is working to create more jobs for Kuwaiti nationals in state departments. In 2017, only 666 expatriate employees lost their jobs.
CSC statistics show that – as of July 1 – there are 352,169 public sector employees. Of these, 76.13 percent, or 268,100, are Kuwaiti nationals, an increase of 2,478 from the previous year.
Of the remaining public sector works, 4,521 are from elsewhere in the GCC, while 48,180 are from other Arab nationalities. The remaining 31,368 are non-Arab expats.
Of the various government departments, the statistics show that the Ministry of Education has the most civil employees (114,868), followed by the Ministry of Health (63,206), the Ministry of Electricity and Water (21,025) and the Ministry of the Interior (20,270).
Broken down into specific roles, the CSC statistics show that 83,743 expat public sector workers are teachers, followed by administrative workers (55,712), medical employees (50,411), engineers (43,511), and financial, economic and commercial jobs (23,631).