Twelve sectors are eligible to benefit from 50 percent salary payments to Bahrainis from July to September. The decision was issued today by Labour and Social Development Minister Jameel Humaidan.
The Social Insurance Organization (SIO) will pay, from the unemployment fund, a maximum of 50% of the salaries of Bahrainis working in private sector companies most adversely affected by the global pandemic, provided that the Bahraini employee is insured as at the end of June 2020, or is employed and insured through the National Employment Program by the end of the month that precedes the date of disbursement.
The 12 sectors include the travel and aviation sector, the hospitality and restaurants sector, the personal services sector (salons and gyms, games and entertainment halls), the industrial sector, the health sector, the transportation sector, the rehabilitation and training sector (including kindergartens), the retail sector (other than food), the administrative services sector (public relations, media, and event organization), the real estate and contracting sector, engineering and technical offices, the local newspapers and magazines sector, and any other affected sectors except for the financial sector, telecommunications sector, science, technical and professional activities, and universities and schools.
The entity receiving the support must operate in one of the sectors adversely affected by the pandemic, which caused its business activities to be wholly or partially disrupted and impacted its ability to meet the wages of its employees.
The entity must retain its Bahraini employees during the year 2020, and commit to paying the remaining portion of the salaries of the Bahraini employees in full and without deduction, and on the date set for salary payments.