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Talent Wiki - Kuwait

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Kuwait
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Capital
Kuwait City
Currency
Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
Languages
Arabic, English
Payroll Frequency
Monthly, bi-monthly
GDP per Capita
$24,811.80
Employer Tax
11.5%

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Kuwait

Talent Overview

Lying in the Gulf region, Kuwait is a developed country, and it is the 5th most prosperous country in terms of Gross National Income per Capita. Kuwait houses the world’s 6th largest high reserves. The national currency of Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Dinar, is the highest valued currency in the world.

Major Economic Hubs: 

Al, Farwaniyah, Al Fahahil, Kuwait City, Ar Riqqah

Skills in Demand:

Engineering, Information Technology, Medicine, Surgery, Real Estate.

Local Universities

The top local universities in Kuwait with the world rank are mentioned below:

College of Technological Studies

RANKING

Belarus : 1

World : 1850

Kuwait University

RANKING

Belarus : 2

World : 1982

American University of the Middle East

RANKING

Belarus : 3

World : 3426

Gulf University for Science and Technology

RANKING

Belarus : 4

World : 3627

Australian College of Kuwait

RANKING

Belarus : 5

World : 4479

Salary Data

The average salary data of the some of the jobs in Kuwait are mentioned below:

No. Job Title Average Salary (in Local Currency) Average Salary (in USD)
1 Architect 13,639.92 $44,588
2 IT Project Manager 17,559.23 $57,400
3 Cheif Executive Officer 34,802.46 $113,767
4 Lawyer 23,587.80 $77,107
5 Financial Analyst 20,330.78 $66,460

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards: 

1KuwaitJobs, GulfTalent, Bayt

Number of LinkedIn users:

693,000

Top Recruitment Agencies:

Cons Consulting Company, SOS HR Solutions, HRInvest

Employing in Kuwait

Below listed are the key points an employer must keep in mind while seeking employees in Kuwait.

Employee Contract

  • The employment contract must be written in Arabic and a second language at the employee’s request.

Probation Period

The probation period for Kuwaiti employees is up to one month.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1st January New Year’s Day National
25th February National Day National
26th February Liberation Day National
27th February National Day (in lieu) National
28th February Liberation Day (in lieu) National
1st - 3rd March Isra’a Wal Miraj National
1st - 4th May Eid al Fitr National
9th July Arafat Day National
10th - 11th July Eid al Adha National
31st July Hirji New Year National
9th October The Prophet’s Birthday National

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 30 days Yes

Payroll

Payroll Cycle:

Monthly or bi-monthly, depending on the employment contract.

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Minimum Wage:

The minimum wage in Kuwait is set at 60 KWD per month.

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Overtime Pay:

125% during daytime; 150% during weekends

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Health Examination Clause

Bonus

13th Month Pay: 

Not mandatory

Employee Benefits: 

  • ~Sick Leave
  • ~Vacation Leave 
  • ~Maternity Leave
  • ~Paternity Leave
  • ~Health Insurance
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Taxes

Employer Payroll Tax:

Details Contributions
11.5% Social Security

Employee Payroll Tax:

Details Contributions
8% Social Security

Employee Income Tax:

No personal income tax is imposed on Kuwaiti individuals.

VAT:

There is no VAT applicable in Kuwait.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

Employment in Kuwait can be terminated both by the employee and the employer. The employer can terminate the employment on substantial grounds. If the employment is terminated without any grounds, the employer must pay a severance to the employee.

Notice Period

A 3-month notice is mandatory for all salaried employees.

Severance Pay

Upon termination by the employer, a Kuwaiti employee is entitled to 15 days salary for every working year as severance pay.

Visa and Immigration

A work visa and a NOC from the General Administration of Criminal Investigation at the Interior Ministry are required to work in Kuwait. Apart from this, the employee will also need a Police Clearance Certificate from the Regional Passport Office.

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