Expat employment in Bahrain up 6%

Published:  8 Jul at 9 AM
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The number of expat workers in Bahrain increased by six per cent in the first quarter of 2015, according to recent data.

The Bahrain Labour Market Indicators showed that the rise in the number of foreigners employed in the Gulf state was three times the increase among Bahraini workers, which stood at two per cent.

The figures revealed a significant rise from the same quarter in 2014, when the increase among expat workers was two per cent and among Bahrainis three per cent.

Overall, some 538,480 expats were working in the country at the end of March, up from 508,002 at the same stage last year. The data means that foreign workers now account for 77 per cent of the oil-rich state’s workforce.

Meanwhile, the number of local workers went up from 153,525 to 156,429 during the quarter.

Total employment in the three-month period stood at 694,909, a figure that included 42,861 male domestic workers and 65,886 female domestic workers.
There was also a year-on-year rise of 24.6 per cent in terms of number of work permits being handed out, with 33,870 new ones being issued during the quarter.
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