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Expats in senior positions in Kuwait get less pay than their GCC counterparts

Expats in senior positions in Kuwait get less pay than their GCC counterparts

The salaries of expatriates working in senior positions in Kuwait are lesser than the salaries of their counterparts in rest of the GCC countries, reports Al-Rai daily.

According to a recent survey conducted by Gulf Business, the average salary of expatriates in senior positions is $7,826. This is nine percent lesser than the average in Saudi Arabia.

The average salary of senior expatriate employees in Oman is $7,846 and $7,867 in Bahrain. Some jobs in Kuwait have the highest salaries compared to other GCC countries.

They include the position of hotel manager, which is of an average salary of $15,290. This is 38 percent higher than the average salary for this position in Saudi Arabia, where it is $10,404, and 44 percent higher than that in the United Arab Emirates where it is $9,741.

The average salary in general in Kuwait this year is $8,083, which is 26.3 percent lower than the average salary of last year. The survey revealed that the salary of an administrative or executive manager of a multi-national company is $34,460, but the salary of an administrative or executive manager of a local company is about $24,675.

The Gulf Business said this year’s survey revealed dramatic changes in the regional economy especially with the enforcement of Value-Added Tax and increase in charges of many services. It stated, “Despite of the course of the survey in the past years which gave a unique insight into the salaries that expatriates in a number of senior positions are expected to receive, it is becoming clear that the jobs included in the survey do not reflect the truth of the workforce”.

The Gulf Business said the survey this year included a number of lower positions such as RC executive with salary of $2,738, logistics executive with salary of $2,813, sales executive with salary of $4,126, and receptionist with salary of $1,865.

Customs seizes 14 containers with explosives, fireworks worth KD 7million

Private Security Sector and General Administration of Customs confiscated 14 containers filled with explosives and fireworks that arrived at Shuwaikh Port from overseas, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In a press statement issued by Ministry of Interior, Department of Public Relations and Security Media explained that a tipoff was received about containers with illegal items arriving in Kuwait.

Immediately, General Administration of Customs coordinated with the Investigation Department at Shuwaikh Port and the movement of the containers was monitored until they arrived at the port. It revealed that the import of all types of explosives is banned in Kuwait as per customs law No. 49/2002, adding that each container had items worth KD 500,000, and the items in all the 14 containers were worth a total of KD 7 million.

Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Private Security Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Shukri Al-Najjar, Director of Explosives Department Colonel Abdulwahab Al-Yaqout and other high-ranking officials were present at the time of offloading the containers.

Heavy fines for hanging laundry in balcony in Kuwait

Residents in Kuwait who hang out laundry on their balconies will be fined up to 300 Kuwaiti dinars (about $1,000, Dh3,673) under a new campaign.

The campaign was prompted by concerns over hygiene and visual pollution as several cities and regions in Gulf countries were pushing for strict regulations in this regard, Xinhua news agency reported citing local reports.

The campaign in Kuwait has been going on for years, dating back to a ministerial decision issued in 2008, said Zaid Al Enezi, head of the campaign team.

So far, 12 apartments had been warned that they would have to pay fines if they continued drying their clothes in balconies, he said.

Hefty fines are not rare in the country. In August 2017, a Kuwaiti man was told by police that he might have to pay 10,000 Kuwaiti dinars ($33,300) for throwing an empty can on the beach.

Bahrain introduced a similar ban in 2017 after some residents complained that the sight of underwear and lingerie outside was “provocative, disrespectful and embarrassing”.