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

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Kuwaitis Non-Kuwaitis Total
Arabs Asians Africans Europeans N. Americans S. Americans Aus.- Oceanians Total N-K.
Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female
Legislators, senior officials and managers 7,444 4,058 25446 2,912 17,131 1,389 193 50 1,284 262 1,079 198 110 16 116 21 45,359 4,848 52,803 8,906
Professionals 27,798 54,254 68430 22,935 27,212 5,784 302 271 2,164 1,188 1,648 948 161 84 254 67 100,171 31,277 127,969 85,531
Technicians and associate professionals  58,686 62,227 23322 6,682 37,848 28,516 184 62 736 339 1,411 421 93 15 28 12 63,622 36,047 122,308 98,274
Clerks 48,214 78,433 57618 11,271 34,522 12,709 250 332 400 351 271 192 37 20 25 17 93,123 24,892 141,337 103,325
Service workers and shop and market sales workers  62,749 5,966 121785 9,168 291,079 305,734 2671 33,933 625 757 546 117 101 39 27 11 416,834 349,759 479,583 355,725
Skilled agricultural and fishery workers  145 4 5505 2 17,656 4 167 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 23,331 7 23,476 11
Craft and related trades workers  8,664 861 80378 738 187,276 2,325 429 29 580 29 510 71 65 1 30 2 269,268 3,195 277,932 4,056
Production supervisors and foremen 4,020 312 93196 333 369,986 2,066 2105 34 641 30 1,507 212 70 2 23 1 467,528 2,678 471,548 2,990
Regular work professionals 41 30 89710 449 232,802 7,708 1645 210 113 19 419 103 12 0 8 1 324,709 8,490 324,750 8,520
Not Stated 473 945 38873 7,823 75,480 7,586 703 393 693 397 523 303 39 33 50 29 116,361 16,564 116,834 17,509
Total 218,234 207,090 604263 62,313 1,290,992 373,821 8649 35,314 7,239 3,373 7,914 2,565 688 210 561 161 1,920,306 477,757 2,138,540 684,847

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.

(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.
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)
(c) 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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