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The employment growth among expatriates in Bahrain was higher than for locals during the second quarter of the year, according to the latest figures released by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).
The expatriate workforce increased by +8.1% from a year ago and now stands at 509,602. This compares with an increase of +4.5% for Bahrainis whose workforce now stands at 152,245.
The total number of visas issued by LMRA during the second quarter of 2013 was 40,610, of which 32,181 were for regular work visas, 260 for investors, 386 for temporary workers, and 7,814 for dependents.
The number of renewed visas during the quarter reached 39,754 of which 28,210 were for regular workers, 278 for investors, 210 for temporary workers, and 11,056 for dependents. The number of renewed work visas declined, year-on-year, by -1.4%.
The economic sector with the highest number of new work visas for regular workers was the construction sector (29%), followed by Wholesale and retail trade (22%), then Manufacturing (14%).
The median monthly wage for Bahrainis increased by +2% to BHD 503 (USD 1,300). Public sector monthly wages dropped by -1.4% to BHD 650 (USD 1,680), while private sector monthly wages increased by +3.7% to BHD 364 (USD 941).