* Playroll continues to analyse immediate opportunities and fulfilled roles by recruitment partners, contractors and employers to identify in-demand jobs.

Capital City
Kuwait City

Kuwaiti Dinar (د.ك)


AST (GMT +3)

Employment Cost


Annual Leave

30 days

In-demand Specialties*
Oil & Gas Engineering, Finance & Banking, Construction & Infrastructure

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Kuwait

Simplify hiring employees in by partnering with Playroll. Our Employer of Record (EOR) handles hiring, onboarding, payroll, taxes, immigration, benefits administration, and compliance. While you maintain control of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.


Key Considerations Before Hiring In Kuwait

Employing in Kuwait requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in Kuwait with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in Kuwait quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Hiring in Kuwait offers access to a skilled workforce with expertise in various industries, particularly in the oil and gas sector.

The Kuwaiti work culture prioritizes relationships and personal connections, emphasizing trust and rapport in business interactions

Kuwait's stable economy and favorable business environment, with low taxes and regulations, attract investors seeking growth opportunities.

Expatriate workers in Kuwait often receive benefits such as housing allowances, health insurance, and annual flights to their home country as part of their employment packages.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Kuwait

Employing individuals in Kuwait requires adherence to specific hiring formalities due to unique characteristics in the labor market. Businesses should consider the following when crafting employment contracts:

  • Language of the Contract should be in Arabic and English
  • The company's disciplinary codes
  • The employees ordinary working days and work hours
  • Salary and benefits

Probationary Period in Kuwait

In Kuwait, an employee’s probation period can be no longer than 100 days.

Working hours in Kuwait

The working week in Kuwait varies between 40 and 48 hours, depending on the company’s policy. The work week typically runs from Sunday to Thursday with Friday and Saturday as rest days.

Overtime in Kuwait

Overtime in Kuwait adheres to the regulations outlined in Articles 66, 67, and 68 of the Kuwait Labor Law. The permissible limit for overtime work is set at a maximum of 2 hours per day, limited to three days per week or 90 days annually.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Kuwait

Kuwait has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

1 April - 31 March

Fiscal Year in Kuwait

1 April - 31 March is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Kuwait use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Kuwait

The payroll cycle in Kuwait is usually Monthly, with employees being paid by the last working day of the month.

Minimum Wage in Kuwait

Minimum wages and salaries in Kuwait

Kuwait does not have a national minimum wage law that applies to all workers. Instead, wages are typically determined through collective agreements, industry standards, or individual contracts. However, certain sectors, such as domestic workers, may have specific wage regulations enforced by the government.

Bonus Payments in Kuwait

13th month salary is not a staturory requirement in Kuwait.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Kuwait

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in Kuwait's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in Kuwait.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 0% on top of the employee salary in Kuwait.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Kuwait, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 8.5% - 11%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

There is no personal income tax in Kuwait.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Kuwait

In Kuwait, there is a social security system that provides pensions to Kuwaiti citizens, including retired individuals and their dependents. Additionally, Kuwaiti nationals may have access to private pension schemes offered by various institutions.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in Kuwait tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Kuwait

When it comes to terminating employment in Kuwait, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

In Kuwait, termination of employment must be justified by a fair reason and conducted through a fair process. An employee may be terminated for one of the following reasons:

  • Employee misconduct
  • Inability to perform tasks
  • Operational requirments
  • Health grounds

Notice Period

In Kuwait, there is a requirement for three months’ notice to be provided by both the employer and the employee.

Severance Pay

In Kuwait, severance pay is contingent on the employee's length of service. Employees paid monthly are entitled to 15 days' pay for each year of employment during the first five years of service. This increases to one month's pay per year of service thereafter, up to a maximum of 1.5 times the annual salary.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Kuwait

The annual leave entitlement in Kuwait is 30 days for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in Kuwait

Kuwait has 8 mandatory national holidays in a year.

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Kuwait

Maternity Leave in Kuwait

Paternity Leave in Kuwait

Sick Leave in Kuwait

Parental Leave In Kuwait

Kuwait's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Kuwait

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in Kuwait's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In Kuwait

Make your benefits package in Kuwait a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Short-Term Sickness Insurance
  • Long-Term/Disability Insurance
  • Death Benefit
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Kuwait

In Kuwait, mandatory benefits for employees typically include:

  • Paid annual leave
  • Paid sick leave
  • Maternity leave
  • Severance pay
  • Social security contributions
  • End-of-service benefits

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Kuwait within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Kuwait create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Kuwait

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in Kuwait.

Playroll Immigration Support

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Legal and compliance experts are readily available to provide guidance and case-by-case Q&A support.

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