As soon as you expand to Kuwait, you’ll probably be thinking about hiring employees. It’s essential to find talented employees who will help your new company location grow, but it’s also important to stay compliant. If you don’t meet Kuwait’s employment compliance laws, you could face fines or other delays to starting operations.
Instead, Globalization Partners can offer you a better hiring process through Kuwait hiring outsourcing. We’ll use our existing subsidiary to hire employees we can assign to work for you, giving them a great hiring experience and the opportunity to be productive from the start. Our team can also take responsibility for all Kuwait employment compliance laws, so you can focus on building your company.
How to Hire Employees in Kuwait
It can help to know certain cultural factors that impact how to hire Kuwait employees. For example, people in Kuwait value relationships, but nepotism in business is common. Whenever citizens greet each other, they spend time catching up on friends, family members, and subjects of mutual interest. Kuwaitis are also known as tough negotiators and appreciate dealing with problems outside of a meeting instead of a group setting. People rarely say no, so it’s important to listen for words such as “perhaps” or “possibly.”
Other facts to note follow:
- There’s a long history of traditional Islamic values, and foreigners should respect these faith values.
- There are prison sentences for consuming, importing, brewing, and trafficking in liquor.
- Aggressive driving and using a mobile phone while driving are against the law.
- Hiring non-Kuwait nationals requires a local sponsor who will act as the Employer of Record.
Kuwait Employment Compliance Laws
Since a large portion of the population in Kuwait is made up of expatriates, you’ll have to follow a whole different set of Kuwait employment compliance laws. You’ll need to get a residency permit for one, two, or three years. The steps include determining eligibility to work through the Immigration Department, completing a work permit application and submitting it to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, obtaining a pre-entry medical visa endorsement, and more.
You also need to use an employment contract to hire employees in Kuwait — either fixed or indefinite. You need to lodge a copy of all employment contracts with the competent ministry and follow the set format. All compensation and salary amounts in a contract or offer letter need to be in Kuwaiti dinar instead of another currency.
Recommendations for Onboarding Employees
After hiring your Kuwait employees, you can choose how you want to onboard them. Generally, we recommend reviewing all employment contracts and other important documents during an employee’s first day. Then, you can provide necessary on-the-job training for their specific position. If you’re available to travel to Kuwait to meet with new employees, you should try to host a meeting with multiple new hires at once to welcome them to your company.
Benefits of Choosing Kuwait Hiring Outsourcing
Kuwait hiring outsourcing services with Globalization Partners will help you start working faster. We can use our Kuwait PEO to hire employees and assign them to work for you in as little as a day or two. We’ll also shoulder all Kuwait employment compliance, so we’ll be the ones responsible instead of you.
Why Work With Globalization Partners?
Globalization Partners will make your expansion faster and easier. Contact us today to learn more about Kuwait hiring outsourcing.