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Kuwait: Population in the labour force aged 15 and above by nationality group and occupation group (2018)

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Kuwaitis Non-Kuwaitis Total labour force
Arabs Asians Africans Europeans N. Americans S. Americans Aus.- Oceanians Total non-Kuwaitis
Legislators, senior officials and managers 11,502 28,358 18,520 243 1,546 1,277 126 137 50,207 61,709
Professionals 82,052 91,365 32,996 573 3,352 2,596 245 321 131,448 213,500
Technicians and associate professionals  120,913 30,004 66,364 246 1,075 1,832 108 40 99,669 220,582
Clerks 126,647 68,889 47,231 582 751 463 57 42 118,015 244,662
Service workers and shop and market sales workers  68,715 130,953 596,813 36,604 1,382 663 140 38 766,593 835,308
Skilled agricultural and fishery workers  149 5,507 17,660 167 4 0 0 0 23,338 23,487
Craft and related trades workers  9,525 81,116 189,601 458 609 581 66 32 272,463 281,988
Production supervisors and foremen 4,332 93,529 372,052 2,139 671 1,719 72 24 470,206 474,538
Regular work professionals 71 90,159 240,510 1,855 132 522 12 9 333,199 333,270
Not Stated 1,418 46,696 83,066 1,096 1,090 826 72 79 132,925 134,343
Total 425,324 666,576 1,664,813 43,963 10,612 10,479 898 722 2,398,063 2,823,387

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 Biduns, stateless persons living in the Emirate, are counted with the non-nationals.

Data refer to the population employed and unemployed, registered in the three sectors of employment (public, private, domestic)
Employed population in the labour force: population aged 15 years and above, in paid employment in the government or private sector, as itinerant worker, or in the domestic sector.

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

2. Institution which provides data 

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

3. Period of data coverage: December 2018

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 (“Statistical Reports”) (http://stat.paci.gov.kw/englishreports/ (English); http://stat.paci.gov.kw/arabicreports/ (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: February 2019.

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