The number of Visas being issued in Bahrain has fallen by 11,000 during the first three months of 2010 it was revealed yesterday by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority statistics.
The number of Visa’s issued during the first quarter totaled almost 30,000 for full-timer workers and almost 6,250 for those who were classed as dependents. Temporary workers were awarded 1,653 working visa’s and investors accounted for 139 of the visa’s awarded. While it was reported that the number of new Visa’s being issued has decreased somewhat there has been a rise in the number of Visa renewals being granted to existing residents.
The Construction Industry was awarded the highest percentage of new Visa applications which for full-time construction workers was just over 30%. The wholesale and retail sectors accounted for 23% of the Visas awarded and the manufacturing sector accounted for 15% of the total Visas awarded.
Statistics relating to the movement of foreign labour between jobs showed that 2,300 people changed their jobs during the first quarter of this year. It was also noted that the average wage for Bahraini employees increased by just over 6%. The private sector noted a higher increase in pay of almost 10% on average.Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News