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Kuwait records massive surge in expat workers

30 June 2023

Kuwait recorded an increase of 63000 employees in its labour market during the first quarter of this year, with 29,886 being new domestic workers.

According to the report by the Central Department of Statistics and Public Authority for Manpower, an additional 63,000 people joined the labour market, which makes the total people working in Kuwait as 2.853m.

This is a major increase in comparison to previous year.

Despite Kuwaitis being the largest number of employees in the public sector with 468,328 people occupied in Government sector by the end of first quarter, and there is a marked increase in the number of expat workers in the country.

Indians were joining labour market in large numbers. About 22,993 Indians entered the labour market in the first three months of the year, making the total Indian workers across all sectors in Kuwait to 857,671.

Indians were followed by Egyptians with 486,656, marking an increase of 3,473.

The domestic workers sector has seen massive increase in new workers. The Central Department of Statistics study has registered 29,886 new workers. This makes the total number of domestic workers in Kuwait to 780,183. Vast majority of them are Indians with 347,000 employees.

About 99 percent of domestic workers in the country come from 10 countries: India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia, Benin, Indonesia, Mali and Pakistan.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.