The workforce in Bahrain has exploded over the last 10 years, rising from nearly 700,000 to over 1 million individuals. It is estimated the population of Bahrain will surpass 2 million individuals before 2030 allowing for the labour force to increase as well.

Investing in talented human capital

Human capital is one of the resources that play a key role in how well any business performs. An investment in human capital is an investment in the qualities of the people who comprise your workforce, which includes their intelligence, knowledge, education, training, talents, skills and experience. Quality human capital means better job performance from your employees and a better bottom line for your company.

The population of Bahrain offers a highly skilled local and global workforce with the best human capital development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Bahrain demographics provide an ideal mix of qualities for businesses looking to hire top talent and sustain long-term growth.

Qualities of Bahrain’s human capital

Tech Savvy

Bahrain ranks 1st in MENA for internet access in schools and 4th globally for internet users (by percentage of population).

(2020 Network Readiness Index by WITSA)


The majority of the people of Bahrain are young, talented, and driven individuals. Over 70% of employees in the ICT sector are locals, and 60% of the ICT workforce in Bahrain is in the 18-24 age bracket.

(National statistics)


Bahrain ranks 1st in MENA for test scores and years of schooling. Both factors have improved significantly over the past 10 years and are only on the rise.

(World Bank Human Capital Index 2018)


90% of our workforce is fluent in English and Arabic, the two most commonly spoken languages in Bahrain. Bahrain’s population ranks 1st in MENA and 3rd worldwide in language skills.

(National statistics, Expat Insider Survey, Internations 2019)


The Bahrain people come from many different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. 28% of the workforce in Bahrain is made of women. Gain a global perspective from the Kingdom’s talent pool.

(World Bank Women, Business, and Law Report 2020)

Access MENA’s top talent in Bahrain

MENA’s top youth development

Bahrain’s population of youth is preparing to join the talented workforce as they participate in the top youth development program in MENA.

(The Commonwealth Youth Development Index 2016)

MENA’s top human capital hub

Based on the level of knowledge, skills, and health people can expect to accumulate in a country, Bahrain outperforms the rest of the region.

(World Bank Human Capital Index 2020)

Very high human development

Based on a standard of living, health, and knowledge expectancy, Bahrain is recognised as a very highly developed economy, one of only 7 MENA companies to make this rank

(UNDP Human Development Report 2020)

Tamkeen’s substantial investments in human capital

We understand that an ongoing investment in human capital benefits the economic outlook for everyone. Backed by Tamkeen’s continued support of human resource development in all sectors, the Bahrain population is able to consistently remain one of the best in the region in terms of its workforce.


Invested in the private sector to support economic growth

Over 13,000 Bahrainis

trained from 2015 to 2020

Over 38,000 participants

in career progression and training initiatives

The bottom line

When you invest in Bahrain, you gain access to a robust and reliable labour market that already offers the best human capital in the gulf region, coupled with an ongoing commitment to education and training.

Bahrain has made, and continues to make, significant investments in developing its human capital, as well as other resources, to constantly enrich both its local and global workforce and to strengthen the economic foothold of businesses who choose to operate here.

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