Con­sul­tants to lose jobs

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - — Al-An­baa

KUWAIT: The Cabi­net has asked all min­istries to ra­tio­nal­ize spend­ing on con­sul­tant po­si­tions. Con­sul­tants are paid ac­cord­ing to a re­ward sys­tem or based on in­di­vid­ual projects and there are cur­rently more than 5,700 such con­sul­tants work­ing for Kuwait govern­ment de­part­ments and min­istries. An of­fi­cial source quoted but un­named by Al-An­baa said that all min­istries will be in­formed and pay­ments for those em­ploy­ees will be stopped be­fore the end of the cur­rent fis­cal year, and they will be in­formed dur­ing Jan­uary about the last salary they will re­ceive, and they will be given a chance to find another job.

The source said the ter­mi­na­tion of those peo­ple will be im­me­di­ate and does not need any­thing be­cause there are no con­tracts with the min­istries, and they do not en­joy an an­nual leave, and if they take one, it will be un­paid. The source said most min­istries who have such jobs are Awqaf, Ed­u­ca­tion, So­cial Af­fairs, Health and the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The source said the next move will in­clude those on con­tracts in min­istries in or­der to ‘Kuwait­ize’ those jobs, es­pe­cially the ad­min­is­tra­tive ones, bear­ing in mind that there is a long line of Kuwaitis who are look­ing for jobs at the civil ser­vice com­mis­sion, wait­ing for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­place­ment pol­icy. He said some jobs will be ex­cluded from this pol­icy in­clud­ing doc­tors, teach­ers and nurses.

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