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Bahrain employment sector on road to recovery
The employment sector in Bahrain is indicating signs of recovery, with employment among Bahrainis, growing for the first time in months.
The latest figures by the government indicate a one percent growth in the number of nationals employed, towards end of second quarter this year, with the total number touching 139,347.
The growth in employment among nationals peaked at 10percent by the end of March last year, before dropping to 4percent by end of June, and 2percent by end of September. But, thereafter the number of employed Bahrainis dropped by 3 percent, as per the figures by Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).
The expatriate workforce also continued to shrink by 2 percent, with the numbers dropping to a total of 457,694. This is, in comparison to the expatriate employment growth of 17 percent recorded during end of March last year, and the 15 percent growth recorded at end of June.
Meanwhile, the average monthly wages across all sectors grew 5 percent, touching BD318, in comparison to same time last year. The average monthly salaries of Bahrainis grew 2.1percent, touching BD438, with public sector having hiked salaries by 1.6percent and private sector by 4.9percent.
The number of new work visas fell in the second quarter, in comparison to the same period last year. The total number of work visas issued during second quarter of this year was 30,960, in comparison to 36,362 in 2009, the LMRA said.
Posted on 31/8/2010
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