Working hours vary greatly, depending on the company or business one is employed with. Generally, working hours are thoroughly discussed in an employee's labor contract.
Normal working hours are Sunday – Thursday, 8:30/9:00 am to 5:30/6:00 pm. A normal work week is between 40 and 48 hours, usually five or six days per week. Friday and Saturday are consider the weekend.
Despite official standards, expectations may be different in practice.
During the Holy month of Ramadan, government working hours vary and aren't announced until a few days before Ramadan begins. Most business and well known companies adjust their working hours during this time of the year as well.
During Ramadan, all cafes, restaurants or an establishment serving food or drink are closed from sunrise to sunset. Most grocery stores do remain open for business, as are other shops and businesses, including large malls. IT IS ILLEGAL TO EAT AND DRINK IN PUBLIC DURING RAMADAN. ANYONE CAUGHT DOING SO, REGARDLESS OF ONE'S RELIGION, MAY BE ARRESTED AND PROSECUTED. It is not uncommon for many expats to leave Kuwait during Ramadan.
Read Respecting 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 1,500 KD ($5,300) per month. If approved, Kuwait's would be among the best paid workers in the world, far exceeding salaries paid to workers in the European country of Luxembourg.
Depending on a person's qualifications, years of experience, schooling and other mitigating factors and what's written in an employee's contract, ones wages can vary greatly from company to company.
According to the current Labor Law, the following ideals and principles apply to employment contracts in Kuwait.
Employment contracts may be terminated by either party, with or without notice. The general rule is to give written notice as far in advance as possible. Cancelling employment contracts before they expire by either employer or employee can result in one party having to compensate the other for lost wages due to breach of contract.
In certain circumstances, an employer may terminate an employee's contract if:
If the labor contract is indefinite, termination is possible by either party so long as the following are adhered to:
An employee may terminate his contract with his employer, with or without notice if:
If not otherwise stated in an employee's work contract, the following applies to time off:
The following rules apply to sick leave (on a per year basis):
Most of these holidays are based on the Muslim Lunar Calendar, and in certain cases the actual date depends on the sighting of the New moon, which may vary slightly from one country to another. The Government of Kuwait will make an official announcement, through radio, newspapers and official websites, when each holiday actually occurs.
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