Bahrain’s Labour Ministry has proposed scrapping the quota system that dictates how many nationals private companies must hire and introducing a qualitative-based scheme that focuses on the quality of jobs offered to locals.
Under the proposed scheme, hiring a professional Bahraini would be considered equal to a certain number of unskilled jobs.
Companies that met the targets would receive benefits, Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan told local media.
“The more the job is needed and required by Bahrainis, the more it weighs for the company to get benefits from the Labour Ministry,” Huamidan said.
“If a company offers a managerial job, for example, to a Bahraini, it is not treated as a regular job. Therefore, the company’s benefits will be double due to the grade of the job which is considered in place of three or two jobs, for example.
“With this system, we can solve the gap found between demanded jobs and those offered in the market.”
Humaidan said Cabinet had approved the new system and directed the ministry to fast-track its implementation.
“It covers many enterprises which do not need the Bahrainisation system as a commitment, but seek it to improve its situation to benefit from the available national market capabilities and ministry’s services,” he said.
Sectors that are not attractive to Bahrainis, such as construction, beauty and cleaning, and therefore struggle to meet the set quotas, would be re-evaluated.
“It first needs to be ensured that such companies cannot meet their commitments of the system,” Humaidan said.
“The re-evaluation will be held with the participation of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”