|16 January, 2020

Plan to end contracts of foreign advisers in Bahrain

The decision also applies to expatriate staff aged over 50 as well as Bahraini employees who were called to work as advisers on temporary contracts

General view of Bahrain World Trade Center in Manama, Bahrain, February 21, 2019. Image used for illustrative purpose.

General view of Bahrain World Trade Center in Manama, Bahrain, February 21, 2019. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Bahrain - Foreign advisers in the public sector will have their contracts terminated by end of the month, a government source told our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.

A number of ministries and government bodies have been notified of the decision.

The decision also applies to expatriate staff aged over 50 as well as Bahraini employees who were called to work as advisers on temporary contracts after being granted voluntary early retirement.

Twelve Bahraini advisers and a number of foreign advisers and employees at the Electricity and Water Authority will be laid off, the source said.

The number of expatriates at the authority represents 16 per cent of the total employees.

The authority has plans to raise Bahrainisation rates to 90pc this year.

Several ministries held intensive training workshops recently to prepare their employees to take over jobs held by expatriates.

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