Kuwait Mandates Practical Skill Tests for Work Permits

Kuwait is shaking things up! Skilled technical workers seeking work permits must now ace practical tests. This game-changer aims for a more skilled workforce, driving efficiency, protecting consumers, and fueling economic growth.

In a strategic move aimed at elevating the skill standards of technical workers, Kuwait is set to introduce practical tests as a prerequisite for obtaining work permits.

This initiative, a pivotal component of the professional system project for smart recruitment, is a collaborative effort between the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET).

Key Collaboration and Directives

The announcement was made in alignment with the directives of Sheikh Talal Al Khaled, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior. This initiative holds significant importance as it aligns with Kuwait’s national development plan.

PAM disclosed that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is currently in preparation with PAAET, anticipating its signing in the early part of next week.


This MoU will establish the groundwork for the implementation of practical and technical tests for skilled workers, making it a mandatory prerequisite for obtaining a work permit.

Gradual Implementation, Targeted Focus

Kuwait plans to roll out the practical tests for work permits in phases, with the initial focus on the contracting sector. This aims to improve efficiency, prevent substandard work, and protect Kuwaiti families from potential fraud. The targeted approach allows for fine-tuning the testing process and ensures its effectiveness across different industries.

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Beyond Work Permits

PAM’s vision extends beyond work permits. They plan to develop a skills classification system that categorizes employment levels based on skill and experience. This transparent system will further incentivize continuous skill development and ensure optimal worker-job matching for a thriving labour market.


Future Plans: Skill Classifications and Categorization

PAM also highlighted its plans to develop a mechanism for issuing skill classifications. This proposed system will categorize employment levels based on skill and experience. Details regarding the classification criteria will be finalized shortly.

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Positive Impact on Labor Market

The introduction of practical tests and a future skills classification system are expected to yield several positive outcomes:

  • Enhanced proficiency: Skilled workers will have to demonstrate practical abilities, guaranteeing a higher standard of talent entering the workforce.
  • Boosted efficiency: Improved skills in key sectors like construction will lead to better project execution and reduced delays.
  • Strengthened competitiveness: A more skilled workforce will make Kuwait’s economy more competitive on a regional and global level.
  • Investing in human capital: The focus on skills development creates opportunities for personal growth and career advancement for individual workers.


This move is poised to not only improve the quality of skilled workers but also to bolster the integrity of the labour market, setting a benchmark for smart recruitment practices in Kuwait. As the collaboration progresses, the nation anticipates a positive impact on its workforce and overall economic development.


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Manish Khandelwal
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Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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