What is the minimum wage in Kuwait


working hours

Working hours vary greatly depending on the company or company with one being used. In general, working hours are thoroughly discussed in an employee's employment contract.

Normal working hours are Sunday - Thursday, 8:30 am / 9:00 am to 5:30 pm / 6:00 pm. A normal working week is between 40 and 48 hours, usually five or six days a week .. Friday and Saturday are considered the weekend.

Despite official standards, expectations may be different in practice.


During the holy month Ramadan, Government working hours vary and are only announced a few days before Ramadan begins. Most business owners and well known companies adjust their working hours during this time of year as well.

During Ramadan, all cafes, restaurants or establishments serving food or drinks are closed from sunrise to sunset. Most stores have remained open to business, as have other stores and businesses, including large shopping malls. IT IS ILLEGAL TO EAT AND DRINK IN PUBLIC DURING Ramadan. EVERYONE is caught like this, regardless of religion, CAN be arrested and prosecuted. It is not uncommon for many expats in Kuwait to leave during Ramadan.

Read Respect Ramadan as an expat or traveler to better understand what to expect.


Kuwait's parliament is considering a bill that would mandate a minimum wage for Kuwaiti citizens of KD 1,500 ($ 5,300) per month. Should this be approved, Kuwaits would be among the highest paid workers in the world, well above workers' salaries in the European country of Luxembourg.

Depending on a person's qualifications, years of experience, training and other extenuating circumstances and what is written in an employee's contract, those wages can vary widely from company to company.


Under current labor law, the following ideals and principles apply to employment contracts in Kuwait.

  • The employee gets to be deployed on the basis of a contract.
  • A contract can be made in writing or orally
  • Contracts must clearly saturate the start date, salary, length of employment and the type of work to be performed.
  • Trial periods are outlined in the contract and must not be longer than 100 days.
  • The employer has the right to terminate the contract without notice or justification within the probationary period.
  • Contract can either be for a definite period or for an indefinite period. Fixed-term employment contracts cannot exceed five years.
  • Contract must be in Arabic but can be translated into other languages. In the event of a dispute between employer and employee, the Arabic version will be the legally binding version.


Employment contracts can be terminated by a party, with or without notice. The general rule is to give in writing as far in advance as possible. Canceling employment contracts before they expire by either employer or employee can result in one party having to compensate for lost wages due to breach of contract.

Under certain circumstances can a Employer terminate an employee withdraw from the contract, if:

  • If the employee commits a mistake, resulting in a significant loss for the company or business.
  • If the worker does not comply with company rules and regulations, after repeated warnings are given.
  • If the employee is absent from work for more than seven days without reasonable explanation.
  • If the employee is in trouble with the police or courts.
  • When the employee commits an attack on another employee or employee of the company.
  • If the worker violates the agreements of his contract.
  • If the employee does not reveal any trade secrets.

If the employment contract is open-ended is Termination by both parties is possible as long as the following are observed:

  • Employees paid a monthly salary must give 15 days of notice.
  • For everyone else, at least seven days in advance must be given.

A Employees can conclude their contract with their employer, with or without notice, if:

  • If the employer does not comply with the contract signed with the employee or labor laws.
  • When the employee is attacked by the employer or his representative.
  • When the employee is forced to work in unhealthy / dangerous conditions.

Time off

Unless otherwise stated in an employee's employment contract, the following shall apply from:

  • Workers are entitled to at least a 24 hour period of rest without pay. If an employee must work on that day, they are entitled to 1 day's wage plus 50%.
  • After one year of employment with a company or business, employees are entitled to 14 days of vacation. After five years of employment, the employee is entitled to 21 days of vacation per year.
  • Employers have the right to determine when employees can take vacation.

Paid vacation

The following rules apply to sick days (on a per year basis):

  • The first six days with full wages
  • The next six days with ¾ payment.
  • The following six days with ½ wages.
  • The next six days with ¼ payment.
  • Each additional sick day without payment.

public holidays

Most of these holidays are on the Muslim lunar calendar, and in certain cases the actual date depends on the sighting of the new moon, which can vary slightly from one country to another. The government of Kuwait will make an official announcement, through radio, newspapers and official websites, when each vacation is actually taking place.

  • New Years Day (one day) - New Years Day usually falls on January 1st of each year
  • The Isra and Mi'raj Day (one day) - The ascent of Prophet Muhammad. This holiday is celebrated on the 27th day of the month of Rajab.
  • Eid al-Fitr (two days) marks the end of Ramadan - the holy month of fasting. There is no set date.
  • Eid al-Adha (two days) Eid al-Adha - Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. During this celebration, Muslims will sacrifice an animal, usually a goat or sheep. This holiday is usually observed during the month of October.
  • Phrophet Birthday (one day) - This holiday is celebrated during the month of either January 12. or 17. Day of month.
  • Coronation Day (one day) - The day the king or ruler came to power. This holiday is usually celebrated in February.
  • National Day (one day) Kuwait Independence Day, usually celebrated in conjunction with Liberation Day - National Day is celebrated on 25. Celebrated February.

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