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Indians among top nationalities working in Kuwait

As per the quarterly statistics by Central Statistical Bureau of Kuwait, the total workforce in Kuwait (except domestic labourers), touched 1,938,243 in June 2016, marking a growth from 736,132 recorded in June 2015.

The report also said that Kuwaiti workforce increased from 342,417 to 348,792 marking 1.9 percent growth in a span of a year. The number of Kuwaitis in the total workforce fell from 19 percent in June 2015 to 18 percent in June 2016.

Meanwhile, the non-Kuwaiti workforce increased from 1,463,090 to 1,589,451 marking 8.6 percent growth in a year, non-Kuwaiti women constitute 10.2 of the expat workforce. Asians came first in the number of foreign workers, constituting 49.7 percent of the total, followed by Arabs with 30.6 percent.

As for top 10 nationalities working in Kuwait, Indians topped the list with 14.1 percent increase in numbers from 455,228 in June 2015 to 519,466 in June 2016. Indians were followed by Egyptians in second place with 8.1 percent growth, and their total numbers touched 453,071 in June 2016.

As for highly qualified employees among Kuwaitis, their percentage grew from 33.8 percent last year, to 35.1 percent this year. Among expat workforce, the percentage of high school graduates grew from 17.5 percent to 20.5 percent, while those holding a primary school certificate declined from 17.1 percent to 13 percent.

The statistics also showed that about 59.7 percent of workers are in the private sector in Kuwait, while nationals constitute only 4.5 percent of the total workforce in Kuwait, while 79.7 percent of Kuwaiti employees work in the public sector. The number of Kuwaitis in public sector grew by 4.1 percent, touching 277,935 this year from 267,109 in 2015, the report said.

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