Expats in Kuwait, including Filipinos, will have a tough 2020-2021 after 48 government agencies freeze the job contracts of 1,183 workers.
The said move is in preparation for the Kuwaitization policy which will take place very soon. According to records, there are 626 jobs from 15 ministries that were frozen, with the highest number coming from the Ministry of Electricity and Water totally to 130 frozen contracts for expats. Next, the highest number of frozen contracts belong to the Ministry of Health with 123 contracts, Ministry of Education freezing 101 contracts, Justice Ministry froze 84 contracts, Ministry of Interior froze 70 job contracts, Awqaf froze 48 contracts and finally, the Ministry of Communication froze 33 job contracts of expatriates in Kuwait.
As for the Ministry of Public Works, Finance Ministry, Ministry of Education and Social Affairs, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Defense have the lowest number of the frozen contract with 15, 7, 4, 3, 1 each consequently.
Another 49 job contracts of expats were frozen under the eight government departments which include the National Assembly (20), Audit Bureau (16), National Council for Culture Arts & Literature (6), Central Statistics Bureau (2), National Guard (2) and General Secretariat of Endowments (1), Fatwa and Legislation Department (1) and Kuwait Customs (1).
17 Subcontracting agencies of the government also froze 429 jobs:
Kuwait University – 260 contracts
Kuwait Municipality – 65 contracts
Civil Information – 21 contracts
Agriculture and Fisheries – 18 contracts
Food – 12 contracts
Applied – 10 contracts
Sports – 9 contracts
Investment – 7 contracts
Environment – 6 contracts
Anti-corruption – 5 contracts
Holy Quran Committee – 4 contracts
Disability Affairs – 3 contracts
Ministry of Youth Affairs – 2 contracts
Finance Investigation – 2 contracts
Ministry of Manpower – 1 contract
Public Authority of Minors Affairs – 1 contract
Other independent bodies – 79 contracts
Source Arab times