Labor Force-B: Household Workers or the Family Sector – Third quarter 2019

Approximately one-third of total expatriate workers in Kuwait are household workers, totaling at 728 thousand (according to the CSB) in the end of the third quarter of 2019 (724 thousand workers in the end of second quarter 2019). The numbers are divided almost equally between males 354 thousand and females 374 thousand. Male workers from India take the lead with 239 thousand (239 thousand workers in the end of second quarter 2019), while the Philippines take the lead in female workers by about 153 thousand (148 thousand workers in the end of second quarter 2019). India leads total number of household workers of both genders by 46.8% of the total, followed by the Philippines by 21.1% of the total. Four nationalities namely India, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka capture 93% of total household workers out of 10 nationalities. The six other nationalities form the rest by 2.9% for the highest and 0.3% for the least. 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 2.9%, then Ivory Coast, Madagascar, and Cameron by 0.5%, 0.4%, and 0.3%, respectively.

If we merge the numbers of household workers with other expats categories according to nationality, Indians will score about 917 thousand workers (925 thousand workers in the end of second quarter 2019), 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 510 thousand workers (511 thousand workers in the end of second quarter 2019), forming 17.9% of total labor force and 20.8% of total expat labor force. The Kuwaiti workforce comes third at 390 thousand (389 thousand workers in the end of second quarter 2019) forming 13.7% 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 267 thousand workers (270 thousand workers in the end of second quarter 2019). This equals 9.4% of total labor force and about 10.9% of total expat workers. The Philippines occupies the fifth position in total employment by 231 thousand workers (227 thousand workers in the end of second quarter 2019), about 8.1% of total labor force and 9.4% of total expat work force.