The number of expatriate workers decreased from 601,461 to 594,944 in the second quarter of this year, a 1.1 % drop compared to the same period last year.
The statistics, revealed by the Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), also showed a 3.6% decline in the number of Bahraini workers for the same period.
The authority noted that the decline in the number of national workers is due to the exit of the second batch of the voluntary retirement scheme in the public sector last June 2019, opposed by a rise in employment in the private sector.
The average wage of citizens in the present quarter is BD532, down by 1.1pc year-on-year, compared to BD538 in the same quarter last year.
A total of 16,499 expats were transferred to a new employer during the second quarter including the workers who moved after the expiration or revocation of their work permit.