Since its conception back in 2017, the government’s Kuwaitization initiative hasn’t received much concrete proof even in terms of projected numbers up until this time.
However, 2019 is proving to be a year of more actions as there have already been efforts from ministries in realizing the government’s goal to localize all of its sectors within a given time frame.
Kuwait Targets to Increase Local Recruitment by 90% in Gov’t Posts by 2020
The government intends to bring up the rate of recruitment (localization of posts) in ministries and government institutions by more than 90% by end of the next fiscal year (2019/2020), as shared in a report by Zawya.
The need to increase outputs of national education for government jobs necessitated the restructuring of employment in the public sector for the alignment of jobs within the framework of the government plan established back in 2017 which was aimed at cutting down the number of foreign workers within ministries and government institutions in order to pave way and address the issue of unemployment among citizens through the introduction of jobs in various locations of the state based on a progressive program.
The resettlement of government jobs will be followed by a plan to reduce unemployment in the government sector in order to transfer jobs to the private sector in a gradual process through the system of partnership in projects between the two sectors and by engaging the private sector to contribute to the economy by reducing the burden on the state budget.
The latest data from the Central Bureau of Statistics reveals that the average salary of an expat employee in the government was at KD 1,600 per month. Also for the next fiscal year 2019/2020, the government has allocated KD 13 billion for the salaries and compensation of employees into the national budget.