Working and living in Bahrain, with all that the Persian Gulf has to offer and also their great lifestyle is an added incentive. Bahrain’s labor laws and work culture is definitely something as a job seeker you should look at.
Bahrain is a small island country located near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. This is the site of the ancient Dilmun Civilization. In the Persian Gulf, Bahrain has the first post oil economy, i.e., they do not rely only on oil for their economy. Since Late 20th century, Bahrain has invested in improving their Banking and Tourism sector. The Capital Manama has many national and international financial structures. Bahrain has the highest growing economy and also said to have the freest economy in the entire Middle East.
Bahrain has been recognized by the World Bank to have high income economy. In 2008, Bahrain was said to have the fastest growing financial centre by Global Financial Centre’s Index. The banking and financial services sector particularly Islamic banking has seen a boom since the growth I demand for oil. Petroleum and its products is the most exported in Bahrain – almost amounting to 60% of export receipts, 70% of government revenue and 11% of the GDP. Aluminum is the 2nd most and post that finance and construction materials.
The discovery of Oil in the early 1930’s, increase the infrastructure development in terms of roads and highways that created a connection between the isolated villages to their capital. Bahrain is also known for its tourism, for both its heritage and the Bahrain International F1 Circuit.
Bahraini people are ethnically diverse. This country is sometimes described as “Middle East lite”. This has a lot of modern infrastructure but also gives the element of the Persian Gulf. Even though Islam is their main religion, they are liberal and tolerant towards the practice of other faiths. Though their official language is Arabic they use English as their business language.
Women are also given equal writes in Bahrain. In the 2002 elections, women were given the right to vote and stand for election for the first time. The new labor laws are very strict in terms of discrimination. For Example: discrimination in the payment of wages based on sex, ethnic origin, language, religion or beliefs is prohibited (Article 39). In Addition to that, the employer can’t even terminate contracts based on sex, ethnic origin, language, religion or beliefs. Maternity leave has also been extended from 45 days to 60days paid leave. If there is a delay in payment of salary, the employers would be liable to compensate the employees
The Bahrain government makes a continuous effort to give the maximum employment to their own people; they continuously make job opportunities and a proper career for the Bahrain nationals.
Job opportunities in Bahrain is dived amongst the oil industry, the aluminum industry etc. Bahrain’s economy is ruled by these companies.
- Bahrain National Oil Company (BANOCO)
- Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)
- BAHRAIN NATIONAL GAS (BANGAS)
- Aluminum Bahrain (ALBA)
- Bahrain Aluminum extrusion company (BALEXCO)
- Arabian Ship Repair Yard (ASRY)
- Bahrain Monetary Agency (BMA)
- Bahrain Telecommunications Company (BATELCO)
The salary in Bahrain is higher along with a comfortable and high end life style. Bahrain was the first Arab country in 2007 to have unemployment benefits as a labor reform. The minimum wage level for a Bahraini national is BD 200 per month. The salary varies from 4500 BD of an accountant to about 19000 BD of a Finance Manager. A software engineer would get approx 9050 BD and a project manager (IT) would be getting 18500 BD approx
- No personal taxation
- Higher Salary
- Contract workers are provided indemnity
- Working week is between 40-48 hrs (depending on the company policy)
- The company could be a 5 day or a 6 day working with the second off being either Sunday or Thursday
- If you are women, about 25% of the workforce consists of woman, much higher than most Arab countries.
Bahrain’s policies and work culture is kind and tolerant, though the government are allow foreigners to apply for jobs in their country, the companies would have to first consider the Bahrainis. There is a national job security for the residents and huge benefits and perks.
With great culture and heritage, Bahrain proves to be one of a kind country in the Middle East, the perfect amalgamation of the best that this world has to offer.
Author Bio: Trisha is a professional writer and adviser on jobs and career. She is an ardent reader, a traveler and a passionate photographer. She wants to explore the world and write about whatever comes across her way.
This article is posted by Mr. Chitrang Vyas