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Talent Wiki - Bahrain

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Bahrain
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Capital
Manama
Currency
Bahrani Dinar
Languages
Arabic, English
Payroll Frequency
Monthly
GDP per Capita
$23,580.889
Employer Tax
12%

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Bahrain

Talent Overview

Bahrain comprises a group of 33 Islands in the Persian Gulf. It boasts a strategic location in the Persian Gulf through which most of the Western Petroleum must transit to reach open waters. Oil and Gas, Aluminum, Banking, Insurance, and Tourism are the dominant industries in Bahrain.

Major Economic Hubs: 

Manama, Riffa, Muharraqq, Hamad Town, A’ali

Skills in Demand:

Surgeon/Doctor, Lawyer, Professor, Pilot, Bank Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Marketing Director

Local Universities

The top local universities in Bahrain with the world rank are mentioned below:

University Of Bahrain

RANKING

Belarus : 1

World : 2964

Arabian Gulf University

RANKING

Belarus : 2

World : 5893

Bahrain university for Banking and Finance

RANKING

Belarus : 3

World : 6941

Ahila University

RANKING

Belarus : 4

World : 7098

Kingdom University

RANKING

Belarus : 5

World : 7197

Salary Data

The average salary data of the some of the jobs in Bahrain are mentioned below:

No. Job Title Average Salary (in Local Currency) Average Salary (in USD)
1 Cheif Executive Officer 2313 BHD $6135.35
2 Country Manager 1639 BHD $4347.53
3 Managing Director 1605 BHD $4257.34
4 IT Director 1574 BHD $4157.12
5 Pilot 1375 BHD $3647.26
6 Financial Manager 1328 BHD $3522.59
7 IT Project Manager 1312 BHD $3480.15

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards: 

Indeed, Google for Jobs, Bayt

Number of LinkedIn users:

422,400

Top Recruitment Agencies:

Clarendon Parker International, Aseel Manpower Agency, Emplinks, Fortune Recruitment

Employing in Bahrain

Below listed are the key points an employer must keep in mind while seeking employees in Bahrain.

Employee Contract

  • ~The employment contract must be written in Arabic and must have two copies - One for the employer and one for the employee.
  • ~A translated copy must be attached if the contract is written in another language.
  • ~The contract must contain the following details:
  1. Employers’ name, company address, and trade registration number.
  2. Employees’ names, birth dates, nationality, occupation, qualifications, residential addresses, and personal identification documents. 
  3. Nature, type, and duration of job contract.
  4. Wage, mode of payment, and benefits.

Probation Period

The probation period for Bharanian employees is up to one month.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1st January New Year’s Day National
1st May Labor Day National
2nd May Eid Al Fitr Religious
3rd May Eid Al Fitr Holiday Religious
4th May Eid Al Fitr Holiday Religious
8th July Arafat Day Religious
9th July Eid al Adha Religious
10th July Eid al Adha Holiday Religious
11th July Eid al Adha Holiday Religious
30th July Muhharam Religious
7th August Ashoora Religious
8th August Ashoora (second day) Religious
8th October The Prophet’s Birthday National
16th December Bahrain National Day National
17th December Bahrain National Day (second day) National

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 30 days Yes

Payroll

Payroll Cycle:

Monthly

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Minimum Wage:

No set minimum wage rate. 300 BHD is the rate set for public sector workers.

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Overtime Pay:

125% during daytime; 150% during nighttime

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Health Examination Clause

Bonus

13th Month Pay: 

Not mandatory

Employee Benefits: 

  • ~Annual Leave
  • ~Maternity Leave
  • ~Paternity Leave - 1 day.
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Taxes

Employer Payroll Tax:

Details Contributions
12% (3% for expatriate employees) Social Security

Employee Payroll Tax:

Details Contributions
7% (1% for expatriate employees) Social Security

Employee Income Tax:

No personal income tax.

VAT:

10%

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

Employment in Bahrain can be terminated both by the employee and the employer. The employer can terminate the employment on substantial grounds. If the employment is terminated without any grounds, the employer must pay a severance to the employee.

Notice Period

The notice period in Bahrain for permanent employees and employees on probation is one day. 

Severance Pay

First 3 years: 15 days salary for every year

4th year onwards: 30 days salary for each year

Visa and Immigration

Non-Bahraini employees must obtain a residency visa and a work visa (known as a labor card) to be employed in Bahrain.

The Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) will issue the Work Visa before an employee arrives in Bahrain and the Labor Card will be issued upon arrival. The sponsoring organization must also provide proof of work contracts and proof that the said position requires foreign expertise.

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