Expat Jobs News

Latest 10 news items tagged Jobs

25 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait lawmakers planning on making expats’ lives even more difficult

Kuwaiti lawmakers create more hassle for expats leaving the emirate. As part of a proposed Kuwaiti parliament plan to deal with the emirate’s demographic imbalance and form an executive structure to support Kuwaitization, expats leaving the country must prove their departure or be denied an indemnity. The rule will apply whether the departure is the result of resignation or termination of a contract. Also in the proposal are refusals to grant expat licenses for a number of previously permitted professions as well as adjustments to...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats on reassignment need more community-based perks

As purse strings tighten in a good number of expatriate professional destinations worldwide, questions are being asked about the suitability of various relocation support programmes. As currency exchange rates and soaring inflation hit out at expats’ expenses in many popular destinations, questions are being asked about the need for certain aspects of relocation packages. One good example of the detrimental effects of rising costs of living on expats’ quality of life is Hong Kong, still one of the world’s favourites with...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Drug addiction in expat students on the rise in Kuwait

Expats in Kuwait are being urged to ensure their kids don’t get involved with the emirate’s growing drug culture. For those expatriate families with a breadwinner and spouse in high-salaried positions, the Kuwait lifestyle is far different from that in the home country, involving leaving the kids with nannies, maids, preschools or nurseries whilst parents concentrate on their full-time jobs and the emirate’s busy social life. It seems expat youngsters in the emirate respond to a lack of a loving home environment in a similar...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Drinking during office hours now acceptable in Prague

If lunch isn’t lunch without a few beers or glasses of wine, the Czech Republic is the perfect destination for that new expat job. Although Czech employers have the right to fire employees who’re intoxicated in the workplace without even a written warning, in practice this drastic solution to the problem very rarely happens. The reason is that firing an employee involves finding a suitable replacement, something of a tricky task in these times of record low unemployment figures. It seems a significant shortage of suitable...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expat professional hires in Kuwaiti and gas oil sector drop by 50 per cent

The appointment of expat professionals to crucial positions in Kuwait’s oil and gas sector during the fiscal year 2018/2019 has fallen by 50 per cent. During Kuwait’s 2017/2018 fiscal year, the Kuwait oil and gas sector appointed 345 expatriate professionals as against hirings of 190 during the year 2018-2019, a drop of almost 50 per cent. Even so, the same source of information reasserted the crucial importance of expat professional experience in maintaining operational standards in global companies, adding that, in spite of the...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Kuwaiti lawmaker accuses government of importing unnecessary expats

Controversial Kuwaiti politician Safa al Hashem’s latest soapbox centres on the government’s so-called importation of expatriates to fill local admin jobs. Well-known in Kuwait for her anti-expat stance, Al Hashem can be relied upon for speechifying on just about every aspect of the employment of foreigners anywhere in the emirate. Her latest rant accuses the emirate’s leaders of deliberately ‘importing’ expatriates to fill government positions rather than giving the jobs to Kuwaiti nationals. The move, she says, has caused...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Spanish government reassures British expats over Brexit effect

British expats in Spain are being urged by the government not to panic about their post-Brexit status. As the original date for the UK’s divorce from the EU has come and gone and yet another longer extension seems likely, the Spanish government has issued a reassuring update confirming a 21-month grace period. During this time, all Britons living in Spain will be considered residents, even if they’ve not yet received their certificates due to a backlog of applications. For those desperate to cover their backs due to fear of a...
4 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Is Saudization failing due to local lack of interest in working?

Saudi Arabia’s Saudization strategy seems to be failing, as huge numbers of expats have left but haven’t been replaced by local talent. Since Saudization became the Kingdom’s buzzword, led by its controversial Crown Prince, some 1.5 million expatriate jobs have been made vacant and offered to Saudi locals. Expat reasons for leaving are many, and include early termination of contracts, the economic slowdown and the feeling that job security is no longer guaranteed. The push for companies to hire Saudi nationals as replacements...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2019

How secure are expat jobs in the GCC bloc?

Job security is an important part of the relocation decision, with GCC policies on drastic reductions of the number of expat employees causing would-be expatriate professionals to reconsider. Across the GCC, policies based on the reduction of expat professionals have increased foreign workers’ concerns about the safety of their jobs at a time when home country economic conditions are deteriorating. For example, government jobs across the region are now almost completely taken by locals, following the termination of expats’...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait warned over Kuwaitization in oil and gas sector

As Kuwaitization rolls on, top executives in the emirate’s oil and gas sector are warning about its effect on essential revenue supplies. Concerns are concentrating on ‘compulsory employment’ plans, stating pressure-driven sackings of expat top talent and its replacement by local graduates without experience will have a negative effect on revenues, projects and budgets. One problem being mentioned is the accreditation of fake university degrees in order to obtain jobs. Sources are stressing accreditation bodies’ endorsement of...