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Bahrain issues 11,000 new work visas during Q1 2010
Bahrain has issued about 11,000 new work visas during the first quarter of the year, than during the same period last year.
However, according to latest data by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority, the figure has dropped to 33,021 this year, in comparison to 44,014 recorded during same period last year.
Among the 33,021 work visas, 24,988 were for full-time workers, while 6,241 were for dependents, 1,653 for temporary workers and 139 for investors.
As for visa renewals, there has been an increase, with the number of renewals increasing with an annual growth rate of 42.5percent for full-time worker visas.
The statistics also revealed that there were 18,909 employment non-renewed visas during the first quarter of the year, out of which 16,407 were for full-time workers.
Construction continued to contribute to the economic sector, with maximum new work visas being issued for full-time workers (31percent), followed by wholesale and retail trade at 23 percent and manufacturing at 15percent.
As for movement of foreign workers between employers, introduced by LMRA last year, about 2,300 jobs were changed this way during the first quarter this year, reveal statistics.
The percentage of mobility, following termination or expiry of work visas has also increased to 64percent from 48 percent since the last quarter. However, mobility with the consent of previous employers decreased from 50percent to 36percent.
Even the average salaries of Bahraini employees saw a gradual increase, with the average figure of BD440 representing a 6.5percent rise. The increase seems more obvious in the private sector with a growth rate of 9.6percent at BD319.
Posted on 5/5/2010
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