By Sarah Townsend
Latest statistics also revealed a 24.6% rise in new work permits during Q1
The number of expats employed in Bahrain grew by six percent during the first quarter of the year, new figures reveal.
Employment growth among foreigners was more than double the growth rate for Bahrainis (two percent), according to the latest Bahrain Labour Market Indicators released by the country’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).
Gulf Daily News compared the figures to last year’s indicators, which reportedly showed that during the same period last year employment growth was just two percent for foreigners and three percent for Bahrainis.
In total, 538,480 expats were employed in Bahrain at the end of the first quarter, up from 508,002 at the same time last year.
Meanwhile, the number of employed Bahrainis rose to 156,429 from 153,525 over the quarter.
The figures mean that expats account for 77 percent of Bahrain’s workforce, the newspaper reported.
Total employment in the first quarter of this year across the private and public sector was 694,909, including 65,886 female domestic workers and 42,861 male domestic workers.
The LMRA issued 33,870 new work permits during the quarter, an increase of 24.6 percent compared to the same period last year.
The majority of new permits were reportedly in the construction sector (39 percent), followed by the wholesale and retail trade (20 percent), while the manufacturing and hotels and restaurant sectors accounted for 12 percent each, the figures revealed.