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Employed population by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti), activity sector, sex and age group (2013)

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Nationality Kuwaitis Non-Kuwaitis
Age Group Government sector Non-Governmental sector Total Government sector Non-Governmental sector Domestic Services Sector Total
males females Total males females Total males females Total males females Total males females Total males females Total males females Total
15-19 747 15 762 1.894 546 2.440 2.641 561 3.202 37 20 57 146 20 166 47 62 109 230 102 332
20-24 16.922 9.180 26102 10.914 6.426 17.340 27.836 15.606 43.442 727 767 1.494 52.696 4.045 56.741 17577 25595 43172 71.000 30.407 101.407
25-29 33.927 31.790 65717 10.711 9.402 20.113 44.638 41.192 85.830 6.183 5.735 11.918 185.271 20.550 205.821 52813 71108 123921 244.267 97.393 341.660
30-34 32.635 29.749 62384 6.005 7.959 13.964 38.640 37.708 76.348 11.851 10.299 22.150 226.629 25.783 252.412 57832 60636 118468 296.312 96.718 393.030
35-39 29.150 26.032 55182 3.862 7.232 11.094 33.012 33.264 66.276 13.210 9.585 22.795 195.164 21.190 216.354 52580 57583 110163 260.954 88.358 349.312
40-44 22.762 18.783 41545 2.497 5.924 8.421 25.259 24.707 49.966 12.358 6.077 18.435 157.999 16.915 174.914 41026 43686 84712 211.383 66.678 278.061
45-49 16.608 11.860 28468 1.751 3.220 4.971 18.359 15.080 33.439 12.145 3.382 15.527 122.582 12.684 135.266 26841 29560 56401 161.568 45.626 207.194
50-54 8.181 7.132 15313 1.562 1.822 3.384 9.743 8.954 18.697 10.981 2.336 13.317 79.915 8.710 88.625 12456 12279 24735 103.352 23.325 126.677
55-59 3.544 3.290 6834 1.724 1.126 2.850 5.268 4.416 9.684 9.705 2.131 11.836 49.212 4.756 53.968 4889 4072 8961 63.806 10.959 74.765
60-64 1.730 1.931 3661 1.265 597 1.862 2.995 2.528 5.523 5.866 1.430 7.296 22.816 2.294 25.110 1412 1349 2761 30.094 5.073 35.167
>65 2.496 953 3449 1.847 1.022 2.869 4.343 1.975 6.318 4.070 892 4.962 14.661 1.454 16.115 529 645 1174 19.260 2.991 22.251
Total 168702 140715 309417 44032 45276 89308 212734 185991 398725 87133 42654 129787 1107091 118401 1225492 268002 306575 574577 1462226 467630 1929856

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 2013

 

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: April 2014.

 

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