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

1st Amongst GCC in computer programming talents, based on ITU’s report on the digital trends in the Arab region 2020.


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 is ranked 1st in MENA in school life expectancy as per the 2021 Global Innovation Index released by WIPO.

Bahrain is ranked as the 2nd top Arab country in the World Bank Human Capital Index 2020, where Bahrain obtained the highest international test scores in the GCC.


90% of our workforce is fluent in English and Arabic, the two most commonly spoken languages in Bahrain. Bahrain’s population ranks 2nd in MENA and 6th globally in language skills, based on the Expat insider survey 2021 by InterNations.

(National statistics)


The Bahrain people come from many different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. 13% of the workforce in Bahrain is made of women. Gain a global perspective from the Kingdom’s talent pool.

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.


allocated to support the employment of Bahrainis through the wage support program.


training opportunities annually.

25,000 jobs

created for Bahrainis in 2021

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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