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Kuwait's new national labour rates in private sector delayed

Minister of State for Economic Affairs says implementation of new decision delayed due to technical reasons

An aerial view of Kuwait City.
An aerial view of Kuwait City.

Kuwait’s Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Mariam Al-Aqeel, reportedly said that the country’s implementation of new national labour rates in the private sector had been postponed, adding that recent reports of a spike in Egyptian labourers entering Kuwait were “incorrect”.

According to a report by Kuwait’s official news agency, Kuna, Al-Aqeel “affirmed […] the postponement of the application of the new decision due to technical reasons, where work is under way to reclassify the work and amend the regulations in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry”.

Al-Aqeel said the recruitment of foreign workers in Kuwait was based on “labour contracts and according to the needs of the local market”.

Speaking at the General Secretariat for Planning’s headquarters on recent reports about the number of Egyptian workers in Kuwait, Al-Aqeel said: “The figures circulated recently in the media about the entry of large numbers monthly of Egyptian community to the country is incorrect.”

She said the “real monthly rate of entry” by Egyptians in Kuwait was between 1,400 and 2,200 in the private sector, adding that 62,000 work permits were issued for Egyptians in Kuwait in 2018, with 23,000 cancelled in the same year.

In the government sector, 577 Egyptians were found to be employed as of 2018, with the majority of them working as teachers.  

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