Bahrain introduces new programme to boost employment of locals

National Employment Programme will boost employment of locals in private and public sectors and includes a hike in compensation fees
Bahrain introduces new programme to boost employment of locals
Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
By Lubna Hamdan
Tue 26 Feb 2019 10:41 AM

Bahrain has introduced a new national employment programme to boost the employment of locals in private and public sectors, Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting, Al Khalifa said the programme will revolve around four key initiatives including an awareness campaign to encourage citizens to register in the National Employment Programme, an increase of compensation fees and fees associated with the Parallel Bahrainisation System and Flexible Work Permit, as well as a redesign of Tamkeen’s Training and Wage Support Programme.

Fees associated with the Parallel Bahrainisation System have been increased from $795 (BD300) to $1,326 (BD500), while the flexible work permit registration fees will be increased from $530 (BD200) to $1,326 (BD500), with a recurring monthly payment worth $0.36 (BD30).

Compensation fees have also been raised from $1,326 (BD500) to $2,650 (BD1,000), while the compensation period has been extended from 6 to 9 months.

Minister of Labour and Social Development Jameel bin Mohammed Humaidan, who encouraged Bahrainis to register in the new programme, said the ministry continues to monitor unemployment rates.

Dr Ibrahim bin Mohammed Janahi, CEO of Bahrain’s Labour Fund (Tamkeen), said the programme will help redesign Tamkeen’s wage support program within one month.

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