Over 10,000 Bahrainis employed in public sector
Over 10,000 Bahraini citizens have got jobs in the country’s public sector over the past five years, according to a newspaper report. Women have accounted for around 6,000 employees or 60 per cent of the overall job occupants in that sector, Akhbar Al Khaleej said, citing a government report.
Around 1,280 Bahraini women were employed in 2019 against 1,234 the previous year in the public sector, it added.
In recent years, Bahrain has vigorously sought to ‘Bahrainise’ jobs, replacing foreign labour with its citizens. As a result, the numbers of foreign workers in Bahrain have significantly dropped. The numbers of foreign employees in the kingdom have declined to 456,840 this year against 477,741 in 2019, according to figures released by Bahrain’s state Social Insurance organisation.
Foreigners account for more than half of Bahrain’s 1.7 million population.
Earlier this week, a parliamentary committee approved a draft bill obliging employers to give job preferences to Bahrainis. The draft commits employers to check records of Bahraini job-seekers and hire the qualified citizens first. Failure to comply with the regulations will be punishable by a fine ranging from BD5,000 to 20,000.