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Women in Bahrain private sector jobs up 73pc

Manama, June 18, 2013

The number of women joining the private sector in Bahrain has increased by 73.5 per cent in 2010 to more than 25,000 compared with 2002, as against 45 per cent in the public sector, a report said.

Despite all efforts being made to increase women's participation in the private sector, women still represent only 5 per cent to 6 per cent of the overall work force in this sector, the Gulf Daily News quoted the report "The Role of Bahraini Women in the Economy" by the Economic Development Board (EDB).

The report looks at recruitment in the private sector, unemployment among women, female entrepreneurship, education and related legislation.

The average wage for Bahraini women grew from BD317 ($836) in 2006 to BD457 in 2011, it said, adding more women are gaining higher education attainment than men.

However, the difference between the average wage for men and women in the private sector still stands at 30 per cent, in contrast to the public sector where women receive on average 10 per cent higher wages than men.

Sectors such as education and health are still considered the preferred sectors for women to work in, even though the number of women working in the manufacturing, trade and financial sectors has noticeably increased, the report said.

Women on average attain a larger number of higher academic degrees after high school than men do, standing at 17.1 per cent for women against 14.4 per cent for men.

The rate of unemployment amongst women decreased to 3 per cent in the last quarter of 2012, compared with 12 per cent in 2002.

In comparison the number of business and commercial licences for women increased to 29 per cent in 2012, which is 23 per cent higher than its previous figure in 2008.

It looks at recruitment in the private sector, unemployment among women, female entrepreneurship, education and related legislation.

The report also highlighted programmes run by Tamkeen, Bahrain’s labour fund, as well as the different aspects of social life in the kingdom, anticipating an increase in women's participation in the economy by five per cent to reach 45.6 per cent in 2020 from its current level.  – TradeArabia News Service




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