FAQ

 

Q: What are the responsibilities of Ministry of Labour and Social Development and Social Insurance Organization in managing the unemployment benefit system?

A: Ministry of Labour and Social Development together with Social Insurance Organization share in managing operating of this system.

1. Ministry of Labour is responsible for the following tasks:

1.   Registering Job seekers persons.

2.   Providing appropriate training to Job seekers.

3.   Determining the entitlement of the Job seeker person’s compensation or aid.

4.   Determining the suspension of payment of the compensation or aid and deciding the forfeiture thereof.

 

B: The Social Insurance Organizations is responsible for the following tasks:

1.   Collection of Contributing.

2.   Payment of compensation or aid.

3.   Investing the unemployment benefit’s fund.

4.   Managing the unemployment benefit’s account.

 

 

Q. What are the categories covered by the unemployment benefit system?

The following categories benefit from the unemployment benefit system:

·        Private sector workers.

·        Public sector workers.

·        First time job seekers.

 

 

Q. How much are the monthly contributions?

The monthly Contributing in the unemployment Insurance system are counted as follows:

1.   1% of the insured wage is paid by the worker every month.

2.   1% of the insured wage is paid by the employer every month.

3.   1% of all insured wages are paid by the Government every month.

 

Q. What are the eligibility conditions for unemployment compensation?

The following conditions are required for the insured to be entitled to receive the unemployment compensation:

1.   Completion of the prescribed period (12 consecutive months from the first claim).

2.   Follow the Instructing of Ministry of Labour and Social Development.

3.   She/ He should not have left his job voluntarily.

4.   She/ He should be willing to work.

5.   She/ He should actively searching for employment.

6.   She/ He should be Capable to work.

7.   She/ He should not have reached retirement age.

8.   She/ He should not been dismissed for disciplinary reasons.

9.   She/ He should complete and pass the required training.

10.  For expatriate should have valid working permission and should have legitimate stay for the purpose of work, based on local Laws.

 

Q. What is the amount of unemployment compensation?

Unemployment compensation is paid on a monthly basis at a rate of 60% of average insured monthly wage during the 12 months preceding his unemployment, and should not exceed the amount 500 BD monthly maximum.

 

Q. What is the minimum amount of unemployment compensation?

The minimum unemployment compensation should not be less than BD150 per month, or the average insured wage for the 12 months preceding his/her unemployment, whichever is lower.

 

Q. What is the maximum period of unemployment compensation?

Maximum period of an unemployment compensation is paid for six months.  A reclaim for compensation is permitted once she/he works again and non-disciplinary dismissal reoccurs 

 

Q. What is the required subscription period in case of repeated claims?

1.An insured is entitled to a second time compensation if he/she is employed for another time in an insured job for a period not less than 12 months for the 18 months preceding his employment.

2.An insured is entitled to a third time compensation if he/she is employed for another time in an insured job for a period not less than 18 months for the 24 months preceding his employment.

3.An insured is entitled third time compensation if he/she is employed for another time in an insured job for a period not less than 36 months during the 48 months preceding the third claim.

 

Q. Is it possible to combine unemployment compensation and worker’s other entitlements with the employer?

The unemployed may combine the unemployment compensation and his other dues with the employer, such as service bonus and compensation for arbitrary dismissal.

 

Q. What are the eligibility conditions of unemployment aid for a first time job seeker?

The following conditions are required for the first time job seeker to be entitled to receive unemployment aid:

1.   She/ He should be a Bahraini citizen.

2.   She/ He should not be less than 18 years of age.

3.   She/ He should comply with instructions of Ministry of Labour and Social Development.

4.   She/ He should not engage in commercial or professional business for his own account.

5.   She/ He should be capable to for the work.

6.   She/ He should be willing to work.

7.   She/ He should not have reached retirement age.

8.   She/ He should pass the required training.

9.   She/ He should be activity searching for Job.

 

 

Q. What is the amount of unemployment aid for first time job seekers?

A first time job seeker is entitled to aid of BD150 per month if holds a Bachelor’s or degree or higher, or else he is entitled to aid of BD120.

 

Q. What is the maximum period for payment of an unemployment aid?

The maximum period for payment of an unemployment aid is six months and in case of repeated claims made during a period of 12 months, the job seeker will get an aid for a period of six months maximum.

 

Q. What are the cases for the suspension of unemployment compensation or aid?

The unemployment compensation or aid will be suspended in case of non-compliance with the attendance rules of the Employment Services Office.

 

 

Q. What are the cases that forfeiture the rights to unemployment compensation or aid?

The rights to an unemployment compensation or aid will be forfeited in the following cases:

1.   Refusal to suitable job position twice for no reason.

2.   If the unemployed person got employed were the wage is more or equals the amount of unemployment compensation or aid.

3.   If the unemployed person receives an aid or compensation via fraud or deceit.

4.   If the unemployed person fails to register his name in the Unemployment Registry over the three months from the expiration date of his work tenure.

5.   If the accommodation of the expat worker is illegal.

6.   The permanent departure of the expat worker from Bahrain. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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