Bid to cover manpower needs for 13 projects

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 27: The Ministry of Health has asked the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to create 2,140 job vacancies for non-Kuwaitis in order to cover manpower needs for 13 new projects and expansion works which will start soon, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.

Sources disclosed the required functional degrees for non-Kuwaitis include 600 doctors who will be assigned at Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital; 1,540 nursing jobs and 240 technicians. Sources said 1,540 job openings will be distributed to various facilities and new projects that are aimed at providing the best services to patients.

The daily obtained a copy of the report released by the ministry recently; indicating 13 construction projects will be launched soon including seven health centers, Amiri and Jaber Al-Ahmad hospitals. Meanwhile, in response to a parliamentary question submitted by MP Osama Al-Shahin, Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Bakheet Al-Rasheedi revealed that there are about 1,000 non-Kuwaiti employees at Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) who receive monthly salaries of KD 1,000, reports Annahar daily.

He explained that these expatriate employees work as lawyers, consultants, administrative employees and engineers. Besides salaries, they receive benefits in the form of plane tickets for their families, housing allowance, health insurance, private car and allowance for meeting educational expenses.

These expatriate employees are from countries such as Pakistan, Venezuela, Yemen, Oman, Turkey, Syria, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Palestine, Mexico, Lebanon, Jordan, Colombia, Britain, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Australia, America, Algeria, Ecuador, South Africa and France. There are also 570 Indians, 102 Egyptians, 40 Canadians and 35 Filipinos.

Most of their monthly salaries are around KD 1,000 and above. Al-Rasheedi affirmed that all secretarial positions are occupied by Kuwaiti citizens, adding that KOC does not have any contracts for assistant positions. He revealed that there are 33 expatriate employees including 12 executive secretaries at Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and they receive salaries of around KD 1,000 per month.

In this regard, a source from the oil sector said Al-Rasheedi’s response was not sufficient, as he did not mention the job scale of expatriate employees. He clarified that they receive similar salaries to Kuwaiti employees as well as benefits, indicating that there are larger number of expatriate employees at KOC and KPC whose monthly salaries range from KD 700 to KD 1,000.

The source revealed that the sum of the salaries of expatriate employees at KOC and KPC is about KD 1,600,000 per month, which comes to about KD 20 million per year.

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