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Contracting in Kuwait – payroll services

  • Country name :
    Kuwait
  • Population :
    3.5 million (2013 PRB)
  • Capital city :
    Kuwait City
  • Languages spoken :
    Arabic
  • Major religion :
    Islam

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Thinking of contracting?

From early planning advice to emergency payroll for imminent work, Link Global Management can help you with your work arrangements.

Get in touch with one of our advisors now using the phone number at the top of the page, or use our online form and email services.

Contracting in Kuwait

Payroll services

Work Permits & Visas in Kuwait

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Work permits are issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor after the ministry considers various factors, including an employer's requirement for the labor, the availability of labor in the country and the composition of the population of the country. Issuance of work permits is sometimes banned temporarily based on the aforementioned factors. It usually takes one month to obtain a work permit if no ban is in effect. Work permits must be activated by employees when they arrive to take up residence in Kuwait. The permits are valid for a maximum of three years from the date of issuance.

To obtain a work permit, an employer must submit a copy of the employee's passport and sign an application form. In certain cases, authenticated copies of the educational certificates of the employees must also be submitted. After the work permit is issued, it is sent by the employer to the country of origin of the foreign national for presentation at the point of entry into Kuwait.

Under Kuwait labor law, which is administered by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, priority in employment must be made available first to Kuwaitis, then to GCC nationals, then to Arab nationals and finally to other foreign nationals. As a result of a shortage of qualified Kuwaitis, a large part of the workforce in Kuwait is made up of non-Kuwaiti Arabs, Europeans, Americans and Asians. The employment of expatriate workers will continue to be essential.

Employers must obtain work permits from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor for foreign nationals, other than the GCC nationals, to take up employment. All expatriates, including those who wish to be self-employed, must have Kuwaiti sponsors to obtain work permits.

Social Security in Kuwait

For Kuwaiti employees, contributions are payable monthly by both the employer and employee under the Social Security Law. The employer's contribution is 11% and the employee's is 7.5% of monthly salary, up to a ceiling of KD 2,250 per month. Benefits provided, which are generous, include pensions on retirement and allowances for disability, sickness and death.

For employees who are nationals of other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries, contributions are payable monthly by both the employer and the employee at varying rates, which are applied to the employee's monthly salary.

A health insurance scheme applies for all expatriate residents of Kuwait. The annual premium is payable at the time of initial application or renewal of the expatriate's residence permit. The premium is KD50 for expatriates working in Kuwait and from KD10 to KD30 for other resident expatriates. No other social security obligations apply to expatriates.

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Kuwait

Kuwait

Population 3.5 million (2013 PRB)
Capital city Kuwait City
Language Arabic
Major religion Islam
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