Expats aged over 50 “less efficient” say Bahraini MPs

Parliamentary bloc argues for ban on older expats as country attempts to combat effect of low oil price

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A group of Bahraini MPs has tabled a plan to ban all expats over the age of 50 from working  in the country on the basis that they are less efficient than their younger colleagues.

Gulf Daily News reported that the proposal was submitted to parliament on Sunday by the National Partnership Parliamentary Bloc, as an amendment to a 2006 labour market law.

“When expatriates reach the age of 50 they are unable to do their work as intended in the best way possible, which affects the quality and efficiency of work,” the proposal stated.

While there is no age limit for expats to stop working in Bahrain, the official retirement age for both locals and expats is 60. Expats can continue working beyond that age if they pass a medical.

Bahrain has been considering several new measures for its expatriate population as the country struggles with the effect of the low oil price.

In December, a member of parliament suggested new taxes for expats that he argued could bring in as much as $1 billion annually.

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Posted by: Piyam

This is a wake up call. Simply telling us that one day, they will need us no more. After helping to put up the refineries, sky scrappers, roads, bridges and what have you, we don't have to enjoy them after age 50. Ridiculous! Don' worry, our reward is in heaven.
Just take stock of the top performing companies in the world and tell us how many top CEOs are below age 50.

Posted by: Rustam Salmeen

Age is just a number. Evaluate efficiency of a person based on quality and timeliness of the delivered products.
In fact, with experience and knowledge that increases with age, quality and timeliness of delivered products increase.
The only issue with age is that of health. Legislate mandatory minimum health standard and enforce it fairly, instead of raising alarm on age, which is a mere number.

Posted by: Sami

Experience comes after 45. So,.....

Posted by: Santosh Arukh

Age is not the factor of efficiency or inefficiency . The main factor the person how is effective for work and organisation. The above 50 age is most experienced and good worker for organisation. The old people are the economic background of any country.

Look the economic of Japan and China with considering age.

Posted by: Doug

Could be rather awkward given the majority of CEOs, MDs etc. are more likely to be over 50. Hooray for unintended consequences, eh?

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