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Unqualified expats over 60 safe in the government sector of Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY: The decision not to renew the work permits of non-qualified expatriates aged 60 and over reveals the government’s lack of seriousness in strengthening the role of the private sector, which is facing a major crisis due to the decision entered into force on 1 January 2021.

High-level government sources said the decision does not include workers in the government sector and according to the Central Statistics Administration, around 6,000 expatriate men and women aged 60 and over work in the government sector (although some of them may hold diplomas) and about 1,800 of them are over 65 years old.

This corresponds to the retirement age in the public sector which is 65 and in some sectors it is 75, reports the daily Al-Qabas.

On the other hand, since the publication of the decision in the 1960s, the problems of the category of persons affected by the decision have begun to worsen with the Public Authority for Manpower, which has more once talked about changes to the decision.

Meanwhile, although there are no decisions or circulars issued or announced by the Ministry of Interior to prevent children from sponsoring their parents, transactions submitted in this regard to the General Administration of of residence were rejected without giving reasons.

The sources say that if the law comes into force to allow expatriates over 60 to renew their residency after paying 2,000 dinars, public sector employees will not be affected.

The number of job seekers registered with the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) for more than six months has fallen by four percent, the equivalent of 723 job seekers, the daily reports. Al Rai.

According to recent statistics titled “Kuwait University Students… Most Seeking Jobs,” based on recently announced figures from the Public Manpower Authority (PAM), the number of citizens seeking employment at the time was 18,168 Kuwaiti men and women.

When the list was updated the second week of July, that number was 17,445 Kuwaiti men and women, a decrease of 723 citizens.

Informed PAM sources revealed that these lists are updated periodically.

While the figures indicate that citizens are likely to have been nominated, the largest proportion of those who left the list of jobseekers fall into the category of university degree holders.

Their number increased from 10,673 citizens to 10,153, which means that this category gained about 520 jobs, constituting 72% of the number of people employed during the period.

The number of job seekers with master’s degrees also decreased from 304 to 285 citizens, at a rate of six percent, equivalent to 19 citizens who were employed.

As for holders of a diploma, the number of job seekers fell by 3%, or 84 citizens, bringing their number from 2,993 to 2,909 citizens.

Those who hold a high school diploma, their number decreased by up to four percent, or the equivalent of 46 citizens, from 1,230 to 1,184 citizens.

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