Last updated: 06/4/2020
Programme objectives

To protect those without jobs from poverty; to prevent the negative social and political effects of unemployment; to expand the social safety net.

Legal Framework: Decree no. 78/2006 

References
ILO. 2017. “Unemployment Insurance Fund. Bahrain.” International Labour Organization website. Accessed 21 September 2017. <http://www.ilo.org/dyn/ilossi/ssimain.viewScheme?p_lang=en&p_scheme_id=1197&p_geoaid=48>. Ministry of Labour and Social Development. 2009. Unemployment Insurance in Bahrain. Manama: Government of Bahrain, Ministry of Labour and Social Development. Accessed 21 September 2017. <http://css.escwa.org.lb/SDD/1162/presentations_6.pdf>.
Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Institutions and agencies involved
Start date
2006
References
ILO. 2017. “Unemployment Insurance Fund. Bahrain.” International Labour Organization website. Accessed 21 September 2017. <http://www.ilo.org/dyn/ilossi/ssimain.viewScheme?p_lang=en&p_scheme_id=1197&p_geoaid=48>.
Programme components
Unemployment Aid comprises the non-contributory benefits for first-time job seekers and covers regulated and contributory unemployment benefits (for employees in the private sector and civil servants) under Decree no. 78/2006
Conditionalities (if any)
 
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Unemployed
Eligibility criteria
First-time job seeker; at least 18 years of age; must not be engaged in gainful activity or own a business; must be capable of working and available to work
References
SSA. 2016. “Bahrain.” Social Security Administration website. Accessed 21 September 2017. <https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssptw/2016-2017/asia/bahrain.html>.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
 
Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
BHD150/month for persons with academic qualifications or BHD120/month for other unemployed persons
References
SSA. 2016. “Bahrain.” Social Security Administration website. Accessed 21 September 2017. <https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssptw/2016-2017/asia/bahrain.html>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
SSA. 2016. “Bahrain.” Social Security Administration website. Accessed 21 September 2017. <https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssptw/2016-2017/asia/bahrain.html>.
Benefit delivery mechanism
 
Benefit recipients
 
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Maximum of six months
References
SSA. 2016. “Bahrain.” Social Security Administration website. Accessed 21 September 2017. <https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssptw/2016-2017/asia/bahrain.html>.
Coverage
3,045 individuals (69 per cent female) in 2010
References
ILO. 2017. “Unemployment Insurance Fund. Bahrain.” International Labour Organization website. Accessed 21 September 2017. <http://www.ilo.org/dyn/ilossi/ssimain.viewScheme?p_lang=en&p_scheme_id=1197&p_geoaid=48>.
Programme expenditure
Amount of cash transfers: BHD397,020 in 2010 Source of funding: The unemployment insurance scheme is financed by contributions of 3 per cent of the wage shared between workers, employers and the government
References
ILO. 2017. “Unemployment Insurance Fund. Bahrain.” International Labour Organization website. Accessed 21 September 2017. <http://www.ilo.org/dyn/ilossi/ssimain.viewScheme?p_lang=en&p_scheme_id=1197&p_geoaid=48>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Monthly statistical reports include the number of beneficiaries, the number of job seekers and the unemployment rate
References
Ministry of Labour and Social Development. 2009. Unemployment Insurance in Bahrain. Manama: Government of Bahrain, Ministry of Labour and Social Development. Accessed 21 September 2017. <http://css.escwa.org.lb/SDD/1162/presentations_6.pdf>.
Legal Framework
 
MIS
 
Population Group