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Employed population by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti), activity sector, sex and age group (2012)

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      Kuwaitis     Non-Kuwaitis     TOTAL  
  Government sector Non-governmental sector Domestic services sector Government sector Non-governmental sector Domestic services sector Government sector Non-governmental sector Domestic services sector
 
 
15-19 males 775 1.490 0 26 108 51 801 1.598 51
females 19 488 0 3 26 49 22 514 49
Total 794 1.978 0 29 134 100 823 2.112 100
20-24 males 17.622 10.352 0 714 51.878 21.966 18.336 62.230 21.966
females 9.424 6.554 0 728 3.931 29.842 10.152 10.485 29.842
Total 27.046 16.906 0 1.442 55.809 51.808 28.488 72.715 51.808
25-29 males 33.088 9.779 0 6.090 175.606 47.374 39.178 185.385 47.374
females 30.722 9.181 0 6.362 18.874 68.850 37.084 28.055 68.850
Total 63.810 18.960 0 12.452 194.480 116.224 76.262 213.440 116.224
30-34 males 32.067 5.337 0 10.802 222.251 60.100 42.869 227.588 60.100
females 28.662 7.373 0 9.877 23.742 60.266 38.539 31.115 60.266
Total 60.729 12.710 0 20.679 245.993 120.366 81.408 258.703 120.366
35-39 males 28.750 3.551 0 12.419 184.598 50.055 41.169 188.149 50.055
females 25.145 6.960 0 9.118 19.289 55.663 34.263 26.249 55.663
Total 53.895 10.511 0 21.537 203.887 105.718 75.432 214.398 105.718
40-44 males 22.712 2.188 0 11.592 154.136 40.413 34.304 156.324 40.413
females 17.871 5.496 0 5.410 16.310 42.898 23.281 21.806 42.898
Total 40.583 7.684 0 17.002 170.446 83.311 57.585 178.130 83.311
45-49 males 16.984 1.669 0 12.013 116.308 24.119 28.997 117.977 24.119
females 11.239 2.750 0 3.110 11.666 28.303 14.349 14.416 28.303
Total 28.223 4.419 0 15.123 127.974 52.422 43.346 132.393 52.422
50-54 males 8.311 1.568 0 11.134 77.398 11.788 19.445 78.966 11.788
females 6.594 1.721 0 2.268 8.040 11.521 8.862 9.761 11.521
Total 14.905 3.289 0 13.402 85.438 23.309 28.307 88.727 23.309
55-59 males 3.657 1.758 0 9.922 46.712 4.334 13.579 48.470 4.334
females 3.356 871 0 2.160 4.340 3.689 5.516 5.211 3.689
Total 7.013 2.629 0 12.082 51.052 8.023 19.095 53.681 8.023
60-64 males 1.616 1.140 0 5.851 21.380 1.279 7.467 22.520 1.279
females 1.818 635 0 1.341 2.008 1.150 3.159 2.643 1.150
Total 3.434 1.775 0 7.192 23.388 2.429 10.626 25.163 2.429
>65 males 2.402 1.708 0 4.096 13.724 485 6.498 15.432 485
females 804 877 0 779 1.251 605 1.583 2.128 605
Total 3.206 2.585 0 4.875 14.975 1.090 8.081 17.560 1.090
TOTAL males 167.984 40.540 0 84.659 1.064.099 261.964 252.643 1.104.639 261.964
females 135.654 42.906 0 41.156 109.477 302.836 176.810 152.383 302.836
Total 303.638 83.446 0 125.815 1.173.576 564.800 429.453 1.257.022 564.800

Source: PACI

 

 

ANNEXED NOTE

 

1. Characteristics of data and definitions

 

The source of data used here is the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), an independant government body in charge of :

1- centralising all population and labour force data in order to manage a fully computerised population register

2- issuing mandatory civil identification cards to every resident of the country, regardless of age and nationality.

 

The other source of demographic and socioeconomic data on Kuwait is the Central Statistical Office (CSO), operating within the Planning Ministry. The CSO has conducted ten population and housing censuses since its inception in 1957.

Since 1995 a marked discrepancy was witnessed between PACI’ and CSO’ population figures. PACI’ database is connected electronically with other administrations and bodies registering demographic events and professional/ residency issues (births and death; departures and arrivals; end of service, residency and ID deliveries, etc.).

PACI’s records of residents’ movements is thus regularly updated, which limits the risk of population overcount. Therefore, it is more likely that residents were undercounted during CSO- Ministry of Planning’s census operations (see: Shah, N. Population of Kuwait. Structure and Dynamics, Kuwait: Kuwait University Academic Publication Council, 2010, chapter 1).

 

(a) Kuwaiti: the Kuwaiti nationality rests upon a document of Kuwaiti nationality or a certificate proving Kuwaiti nationality issued by the Ministry of Interior of Kuwait.

 

(b) Non-Kuwaiti: his/ her nationality is determined by the name of the State having issued the passport. The foreign national also entered Kuwait legally and has a stamp of residence.

This category includes the Bidoon, a category of stateless persons living in the Emirate. Kuwait’s Bidoon population originates from three broad categories:

1) those whose ancestors failed to apply for nationality or lacked necessary documentation at the time of Kuwait’s independence in 1961;

2) those recruited to work in Kuwait’s army or police force during the 1960s who permanently settled in Kuwait, along with their families;

3) children of Kuwaiti mothers and stateless or foreign fathers (see Human Rights Watch. Prisoners of the Past. Kuwaiti Bidun and the Burden of Statelessness, June 2011, p. 3).

 

(c) Population in the labour force: population aged 15 years and above, included in the labour market, either employed (in the government or private sector, as itinerant worker, employed in the domestic sector), or unemployed.

 

(d) Government sector: any organization of the government (organizations, authority and departments), included within the state budget

(Ministries and government departments; authorities with attached budgets; authorities with independent budgets).

 

(e) Non-governmental sector: any part of the private sector (a company or an individual) or any authority of the non-governmental sector.

 

(f) Domestic services sector: the household/ family sector, where the work is associated with the residence and its inhabitants, their service and their comfort (including maids, nannies, cooks, drivers, etc.).

 

Note: figures of expatriates differ slightly between PACI’s various sources of data (database; tabulated data).

 

 

2. Institution which provides data

 

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

 

3. Period of data coverage: December 2012

 

The database is updated three times a year and the website presents only the most recent data.

 

4. Data availability

 

The statistics section of PACI’s website (http://www.paci.gov.kw/en/ (English); http://www.paci.gov.kw/ (Arabic)) provides population and socio-economic data broken down by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti). Some data are displayed by nationality groups.

Analytical tables and data crosstabulations are available for download in PDF, html, .png and Excel (.csv) formats.

 

Date of access: June 2013.

 

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