In order to regulate the conditions of the working class, the job sectors are divided into public, private and oil sectors. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor administers the laws of the private sector.
The general working rules governed by the Kuwaiti law for the public and private sectors are similar in work aspects, which is 48 hours plus a day off in a week and a minimum of 21 days annual leave.No minimum wage is prescribed for the private sectors. In the oil sector, the law provides 40 hours of work in a week, overtime pay and 30 days of annual vacation. The law also monitors the working status of women and ensure equal pay as their counterparts, the employees’ health and safety, work contracts, salaries, termination and retirement benefits.
Foreigners who wish to work in Kuwait must secure a work permit from the Ministry of Labor before entering the country.