Employees in Bahrain care most about their medical insurance as the cost of healthcare in the region has become very expensive. When asked to rank three other common benefits in order of importance, the average Bahraini employee will respond with: Death Benefits, Disability and Retirement.
There is a trend towards offering an all-inclusive salary incorporating all expenses such as medical, housing, travel and education. This would replace a separate salary and benefits.
Average Cost For Employer Sponsored Benefits
For Bahraini employees, the employer pays 10% of basic monthly salary towards social insurance. The average monthly salary is 1,352 Dinars.
As for other countries in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), the majority of the workforce in Bahrain are foreigners. It is therefore advisable to focus on expatriate regulations.
Bahrain offers extensive welfare to their nationals without any taxation. This includes medical care, sickness and maternity cover, child care, pensions and unemployment benefit. Foreign workers are excluded. It’s also important to understand that a minimum wage was introduced for Bahrainis in the private sector, subsidized by the government.