COVID-19: Kuwait set to revamp labour market rules due to pandemic

Cairo: Kuwait is poised to take steps to reorganise its labour market prompted by economic impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, a local report said Sunday.

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The Public Authority of Manpower will issue a series of decisions regulating the work market at the beginning of the new year after conducting a comprehensive assessment of the labour scene during the current year and the repercussions of the pandemic, Al Anba newspaper reported, citing a well-informed source at the state agency. 


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The expected decisions comprise estimates of employers’ needs of registered migrant and national workers as well as drawing up a plan of “Kuwaitising” a number of jobs, mainly the administrative ones, the source added.

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The steps will also entail a study on increasing the numbers of Kuwaiti employees replacing expatriates in line with a law aimed at modifying the country’s population making-up, the source added.

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Foreigners account for nearly 3.4 million of Kuwait’s over 4.8 million population.

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In recent months, there have been increasing calls in Kuwait for curbing foreigners’ employment to redress a demographic imbalance amid accusations that migrant workers have strained the country’s infrastructure facilities.

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