A special allowance paid to non-Bahrainis recruited on overseas contracts from some European countries and the US has been cancelled, said Civil Service Bureau president Ahmed Al Zayed.
The move is line with the government’s policy to reduce public expenditure as there is no reason to keep such a benefit any longer, considering skilled nationals are now available in the public sector, he said.
The Civil Service rules and regulations allow to set all-inclusive salaries for non-Bahrainis recruited from those countries on a case-by-case basis, as and when needed, to attract highly qualified employees to fill civil service positions, he added.
The Civil Service along with government authorities concerned have taken necessary legal measures to cancel the “expatriate allowance” by amending some provisions of the executive regulation determining salaries and benefits and prescribing eligibility conditions for employees governed by the Civil Service Law, promulgated by Edict 77/2013, he pointed out.
However, the social allowance for Bahraini employees under the Civil Service umbrella will remain unchanged, he said.