Jobs for Bahrainis pledge by Gulf Air

Bahrain’s national carrier says it is continuing to give top priority to citizens as part of its Bahrainisation plan.

Gulf Air is not only keen on holding on to its Bahraini staff in these turbulent Covid times but has also taken initiatives to attract new local talent, said Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister and Gulf Air board chairman Zayed Alzayani.

In replies to questions by Parliament’s Gulf Air probe committee, he said the past three years have witnessed a remarkable increase in Bahrainisation rates in the airline.

This is despite the pandemic greatly affecting the global aviation sector, Mr Alzayani said.

The company has recruited 26 Bahrainis from other airlines, he said.

The total number of Bahrainis in managerial, administrative and technical positions in the company reached 1,742 employees (73 per cent) and 637 expats last year, with expats making up the majority of flight attendants, the minister said.

Gulf Air, in co-operation with Tamkeen and the Labour and Social Development Ministry, announced 100 vacancies last year, he pointed out.

The overall monthly wages paid to Bahraini workers amounted to BD3.6 million, representing 75pc of the total value of the company’s wages. He said employment contracts for 434 expatriates haven’t been renewed over the past three years.




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