Wages lifeline to benefit 58,000 Bahrainis

Wage support for the 58,298 Bahrainis will cost a total of $159.1mln for the three months

  
Image for illustrative purposes. Central Bank of Bahrain official shows new BD$10 on first day of its release in Manama.

Image for illustrative purposes. Central Bank of Bahrain official shows new BD$10 on first day of its release in Manama.

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More than 58,000 Bahrainis will benefit from the three-month extended lifeline with their wages being paid 100 per cent for June.

The wage support for the 58,298 Bahrainis will cost a total of BD60 million for the three months, revealed Labour and Social Development Minister Jameel Humaidan last night.

A total of 10,880 private sector companies will benefit from the package with BD30m for June (100pc) wages, and BD15m for each July and August as 50pc of the wages.

The GDN previously reported that the 12 sectors to benefit include training and rehabilitation (including kindergartens), retail sector (excluding foodstuff), travel and tourism, restaurants and hospitality, personal services (salons, gyms, play areas and entertainment), local newspapers and magazines, administrative services (public relations, media and event organisers), industrial, health (excluding clinics and hospitals), transportation, real estate and engineering, technical and construction offices.

Other businesses that can prove eligibility for wage support will also be helped from those operating in the financial, telecommunications, scientific, professional and technology sectors along side private universities and schools (excluding large corporations).

According to the decision, in order to be eligible for the financial support it is required that the company has either stopped working completely or has been impacted in part by the reduction in the travel movement and has become unable to pay the wages of its employees.

Companies must also prove their commitment to retaining their national workforce throughout the financial support period as well as paying the remaining 50pc of the Bahrainis wages for the same period.

They are also required to pay full wages on their set dates without deduction within efforts to combat the pandemic.

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