Workforce has doubled in size in Bahrain since 2005

Number of employed expat workers in Bahrain increases 7.8% since Q2 2015, according to gov't data
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By Staff writer
Thu 06 Oct 2016 09:59 AM

Workforce in Bahrain’s public and private sectors has almost doubled in the past 11 years, revealed recent government data.

Total employment increased from almost 798,693 in the first and second quarters of 2005 to almost 1.5 million during the same period in 2016, reported Gulf Daily news.

In Q2 of 2016 alone, 111,002 domestic workers were employed in the country, according to the latest Bahrain Labour Market Indicators.

“The number of employed Bahrainis reached 159,711 workers [in Q2 2016] representing an annual growth rate of 0.8 per cent compared to 158,437 workers in the same quarter in 2015,” revealed data by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).

The number of employed expat workers in Bahrain also increased by 7.8 percent from 551,859 workers in Q2 2015 to 595,151 in Q2 2016.

Furthermore, figures showed more Bahrainis worked in the private sector, around 103,537, as opposed to those employed in the public sector, who totalled 56,174. The same applied to expat workers in the private sector, with 474,118 working in the private sector as opposed to just 10,031 working in the public sector.

The LMRA issued the highest number of new work permits in the construction sector which made up 35.3 percent of the 58,505 total new work permits issued during Q2 2016.

Work permits for the wholesale and retail trade sector made up 17.4 percent while the administrative and support service sector made up 13.4 percent.

Moreover, the average salary for Bahrainis employed in the private sector increased from $1,364 (BD514) to $1,371 (BD517) during the same time period as opposed to $1,820 (BD686) from $1,043 (BD393) for those in the public sector.

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