Kuwait municipality plan to cut 60% of expat workforce

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Kuwait Municipality’s financial and administrative sector is planning to lay off 60 per cent of expatriates among the employee force, Kuwait Times has reported.

The Municipality is preparing to review various expats’ contracts, positions and qualifications to assess salaries – whether to decrease or increase salaries, as well as amending job descriptions and titles.

Those who failed to do their job or are not regular at work or hold fake degrees, will be laid off.
Informed sources at the municipality said that the sector has already started preparing the lists under the supervision of the municipality’s deputy director Waleed Al Jassim.

Many expatriates do not meet job requirements

The sources stressed that many of the expats had been recruited by ‘wasta’ or ‘special reference’, that gave them special privileges they are not entitled to. Even their qualifications did not match the job role.

“This might open the door for terminating around 60 percent of them,” said the sources.

Move to reduce expatriate population

Earlier this year, it was reported that Kuwait’s government departments are to lay off ‘unnecessary’ expats by the end of the year.

Sources told local dailies that the cabinet had instructed governmental bodies to freeze the recruitment of expats with the exception of certain vital sectors such as doctors and teachers, Gulf Business reports.

Earlier reports had also suggested the government planned to cut the number of expat teachers by 25 per cent.

Recently it also introduced a law that compels expats aged over 50 to leave the country. The age limit applies to people working for the public sector and in professions where vacancies can be filled by Kuwaitis.

This week Kuwaiti parliament also passed a bill allowing the government to raise power and water charges for foreign residents.

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