Employers in Bahrain will have to pay an extra $800 (BD300) for every expat worker that exceeds their regular quota in addition to the regular two-year $530 (BD200) tax and monthly fees for each foreign employee.
Officials at the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) met with representatives of leading companies last Thursday to introduce them to the new system, which aims to narrow the cost gap between nationals and expat workers, reported Gulf Daily News.
LMRA chief executive Ausamah Al Absi said the new scheme is in line with the mandatory quota-based Bahrainisation policy.
However, he said it would not put any limits on companies’ needs for foreign workers due to areas found unattractive for Bahrainis.
“Bahrainis are willing to work in all sectors provided that they find favourable conditions and rewarding wages,” he said.
Al Absi said the LMRA would review the additional fee every three months to assess its impact and that it would be increased further if the rate of Bahrainisation falls below the agreed quota.
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