Labor Force-B: Household Workers or the Family Sector 2018

Approximately one-third of total expatriate workers in Kuwait are household workers, totaling at 707 thousand (according to the Central Statistical Bureau) in the end of 2018 (678 thousand workers in the end of 2017). The numbers are divided almost equally between males 352 thousand and females 355 thousand. Male workers from India take the lead with 234 thousand (224 thousand workers in the end of 2017), while the Philippines take the lead in female workers by about 139 thousand (162 thousand workers in the end of 2017), i.e. it is decreasing perhaps because of the recent crisis involving the Philippines. India leads total number of household workers of both genders by 45.7% of the total, followed by the Philippines by 19.8% of the total. Generally, four nationalities namely India, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka capture 91.3% of total household workers out of 10 nationalities. The six other nationalities form the rest by 3.5% for the highest and 0.3% or less for the lowest. The Pakistani manpower, due to the restrictions imposed on it, is not included among those ten nationalities. Four African countries are among the countries exporting household labor, led by Ethiopia at 3.5%, Ivory Coast and Madagascar by 0.6% for each and Cameron at 0.3%.

If we merge the numbers of household workers with other expats categories according to nationality, Indians will score about 906 thousand workers (858 thousand workers in the end of the year 2017), or 32.2% of total labor force including Kuwaiti employees, and 37.3% of total foreign labor force, taking the lead in both cases. The Egyptian labor force comes second by a total labor of nearly 493 thousand workers (466 thousand workers in the end of the year 2017), forming 17.5% of total labor force and 20.3% of total expat labor force. The Kuwaiti workforce comes third at 381 thousand (366 thousand workers in the end of the year 2017) forming 13.5% of the total labor force. That percentage might rise if the numbers in the tables include the military. Bangladesh comes fourth with a total of 270 thousand workers (253 thousand workers in the end of the year 2017). This equals 9.6% of total labor force and about 11.1% of total expat workers. The Philippines occupies the fifth position in total employment by about 217 workers (243 thousand workers in the end of the year 2017), about 7.7% of total labor force and 8.9% of total expat work force.