Bahrain: Higher Wages for Public Sector Employees

The proposal stipulates increasing the basic wages of public sector employees by 20%.
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The lawmakers yesterday voted for increasing the wages of public sector employees by 20 per cent. The law proposal, which has been in debate for over eight years, was previously passed by MPs, but the members of Shura Council had rejected it. Now again, the majority of MPs voted for the proposed law considering it a necessity, taking into account the ever-increasing expenses of life.

The proposal stipulates increasing the basic wages of public sector employees of ordinary, specialized, executive and educational levels by 20 per cent. It has been referred back to the Shura Council for further review and approval.

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Meanwhile, a parliamentary bloc in the Kingdom has been demanding the government to limit the majority of job categories in the public sector to Bahrainis, considering the growing numbers of unemployed citizens in recent years.

According to a statement, the jobs include nurses, accountants, engineers, teachers, physician assistants, accountant assistants, nursing assistants, recruitment staff, recruitment directors, recruitment specialist, procurement specialists, procurement officers, auditors, hotel managers, reception managers, hotel chefs, flight attendants, receptionists, legal advisers, administrative jobs, dentists, dental assistants, maintenance specialists and maintenance technicians.

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