Ex­pats main rea­sons for cheap ser­vices in Kuwait

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

KUWAIT: Kuwaitis’ cost of liv­ing would in­crease by as high as 100 per­cent if it was not for ex­pa­tri­ate la­bor forces in Kuwait, eco­nomic re­searcher Mo­ham­mad Ra­madan said in a re­cent study. Prices of prod­ucts and ser­vices are cheap lo­cally be­cause of cheap la­bor, com­pared with higher prices by in western oil coun­tries such as Nor­way, he said. The study shows the dire need for ex­pa­tri­ate la­bor in vi­tal sec­tors in­clud­ing the health and ed­u­ca­tion min­istries, which saves the coun­try money, as Kuwaiti la­bor forces de­mand much higher salaries in ad­di­tion to so­cial al­lowance. Mean­while, the study showed that do­mes­tic helper are the only cat­e­gory of ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers in Kuwait that can be con­sid­ered ex­pend­able. —Al-Qabas

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