Three Bahrain hotels raise employees' basic salary

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Bahrain's labour and social development minister Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan met representatives from all three properties.
Bahrain's labour and social development minister Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan met representatives from all three properties.

Five-star Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa, Intercontinental Regency and Crowne Plaza hotels have increased their employees’ basic salaries from US $528.50 (BD200) to US $793 (BD300), reported The Bahraini News Agency.

Bahrain’s labour and social development minister Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan received chief executive officers and directors of the luxury hotels and thanked them on their initiative.

A statement from the Bahrain News Agency confirmed that Humaidan commended the positive role of private sector companies in recruiting national job-seekers and enabling them to integrate into the labour market and enhance their standard of living.

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He also credited their efforts to train their employees and develop their performance, which would have a positive impact on the hospitality sector in Bahrain.

However, employees in Bahrain have previously voiced their concern over salaries. An unnamed respondent in Hotelier Middle East’s 2015 survey voiced his concerns: “Our HR manager resigned, our marketing manager resigned, our housekeeping manager retired, and we have 5% of total staff from Bahrain and the others are all from India — 90%. Nobody wants to work for 10 hours a day when you give them BD 250 (US $663) as a salary.

“You have to get at least BD 500 ($1326.26) monthly to cover your expenses in Bahrain if you are single; if you are married, you will need more than that,” the respondent said.

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