Labour Minister: 4,888 job-seekers recruited in Q4/2013

Manama, Feb. 2. (BNA) — Minister of Labour Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan said that most of the labour market indicators of the fourth quarter of 2013 (Q4 2013) were approved during the cabinet meeting. He said the report, indicating that 4,888 citizens were employed in the fourth quarter of the year 2013 and showing


Manama, Feb. 2. (BNA) — Minister of Labour Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan said that most of the labour market indicators of the fourth quarter of 2013 (Q4 2013) were approved during the cabinet meeting.

He said the report, indicating that 4,888 citizens were employed in the fourth quarter of the year 2013 and showing that the unemployment rate went down, reflected the Kingdom’s capacity to continuously create and provide job opportunities for its citizens and to maintain normal unemployment rate.

This reflects the positive outcomes of the persistent efforts exerted by the government with the continuous cooperation with the private sector, he also said.

The minister added that such improvement was the result of intensive efforts exerted by Bahrain for the aim of supporting and protecting national workforce, diversifying and developing training and qualification opportunities and improving the standard of employment, skills and wages as part of the Ministry’s role in adopting development policies.

The fourth periodic statistics report for the year 2013 included data for October, November and December 2013.

The minister said that the report indicates that one of the most important labour market indicators, the rate of unemployment, has shrunk from 4.6 per cent to 4.3 per cent in September. The unemployment rate remained stable at the same level in December 2013 reflecting the capacity of the Bahraini economy to generate suitable job opportunities to citizens. This is in addition to doubling the efforts in training and qualification aimed to boost the skills and expertise of national manpower and enable them to obtain jobs commensurate with their qualifications and experiences.

The report reflected that ongoing successful recruitment efforts which culminated in bringing unemployment rate from 4.7 per cent in the second quarter down to 4.5 per cent in the third quarter and 4.4 per cent in the third quarter of last year.

As for the recruitment efforts, the monthly average of recruitment reached 1629 citizens in the fourth quarter of 2013, he said, pointing out that December witnessed the best performance month in terms of the number of citizens recruited in the same quarter, with 1917 citizens recruited.

As for the major vocational classifications obtained by the recruits in the fourth quarter, the Minister of Labour said that the total number of professional, productive and transportation vocations acquired the greatest share of citizen recruits. In December, this class constituted 26 per cent, followed by desk jobs at 19 per cent, service vocations at 18 per cent meanwhile agriculture and fishing vocations came at the bottom of the list at 0.1 per cent.

As for the number of unemployed female citizens, the number has dropped from 9022 down to 8468 by the end of the fourth quarter of the same year (2013) indicating a decline of 6 per cent.
Meanwhile, the quarterly average of unemployed male citizens was 2088.

As for vacancies in the ministry’s database, the number dropped from 6857 in October to 5387 vacancies in December.

Work is now underway to create and provide more attractive job opportunities to the citizens. It has been noticed that concerning the available vacancies by the end of the last quarter of the same year (2013), 745 vacancies had been allocated to females i.e. 14 per cent and 2293 vacancies to both genders i.e. 42 per cent which means that 56 per cent vacancies were made available for the benefit of female citizens.

The last quarter witnessed a substantial increase in the number of trainees who receive training under the supervision of the Ministry and the Supreme Council for Vocational Training and the Specific Councils for Training. Their number increased from 14402 trainees in October to 17852 in December 2013 i.e. an increase of 24 per cent. This percentage increased to 36 percent compared with that of the third quarter of the same year (2013).

As for the number of available training opportunities offered to job-seekers, there has been a slight drop from 773 in training opportunities in October to 720 opportunities in December 2013. However, it remains at the same levels of the past months as a result of taking the necessary measures in terms of planning new training programmes aimed to cope with and to meet the new demand from new job-seekers who enter the labour market in the year 2014.

As for the unemployment aid payable to new job-seekers who enter the labour market, the number eligible to unemployment compensation has dropped from 5283 in October to 4338 in December.

Regarding the unemployment aids payable to involuntarily demobilised Bahraini citizens, there has not been any significant change. Their number was 484 in October, meanwhile it was 482 in December. This is a clear indicator of the Kingdom’s labour market stability and the absence of a significant increase in the number of lay-offs in the previous months and non-existence of abnormally demobilized cases.

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