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Kuwait MEW slashes its expat workforce by 34 percent

The power plants operation and maintenance sector at the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has begun slashing expenses by laying off the expat technicians, revealed Fuad Al-Oun, Assistant Undersecretary for Power Plants’ Operation and Maintenance.

He explained that the sector would reduce 34 percent of total number of labourers working on operation and maintenance.

The decision has been made following the high performance assessment reports for 2015 by Kuwaiti workers. While 81 percent of them received ‘excellent’ reports, 13 percent has been rated as ‘very good’ ones. This indicates that national workers are now reliable enough to run the sector efficiently, and there is no need to increase the number of expats, he said.

He emphasized that this decision would help save KD3mn from the budget of one tender alone, and that more millions would be saved if the same is applicable to other tenders.

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