Jobs plan for 6,700 Bahrainis
Manama, March 13, 2013
Measures are being taken to find work for 6,700 unemployed Bahrainis through an ambitious plan to create up to 10,000 jobs in the private sector, said Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan.
He told MPs that the unemployment level in Bahrain has increased from 3.5 per cent to 3.7 per cent, but the numbers were not worrying because they were lower than the international rates, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
"We have long-term plans to combat unemployment, and 2,500 jobs were on offer last month at the ministry's career exhibition. We are working to come up with 10,000 jobs," said Humaidan.
"Regarding concerns that women are not being provided with suitable jobs, that is being tackled and we are negotiating with the private sector to improve conditions."
He was responding to a question by MP Khalid Al Maloud on the latest unemployment figures.
Meanwhile, Housing Minister Bassem Al Hamer said only 400 families from 3,000 applicants were eligible for support under His Majesty King Hamad Scheme for Dilapidated Homes, after the initiative was changed from grants into loans.
"We don't deal with a grants scheme and we have our own criteria and only 14pc of applications moved to us from the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry followed it," he explained. He was responding to a question by MP Mohammed Buqais on the ministry rejecting applications.
MPs also questioned Minister of State for Parliament and Shura Council Affairs Abdulaziz Al Fadhel on the government's measures to provide ministry employees on temporary contracts with full time jobs.
"We have no problems employing them permanently, whenever vacancies are available or jobs are created through new employment structures," he said.
"The Civil Service Bureau is trying to get as many people moved from their temporary status - which doesn't entitle them to any rights - by offering them proper jobs in the government," he added.-TradeArabia News Service