More than 18,000 Omanis employed to the private sector

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Updated 21 March 2018
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More than 18,000 Omanis employed to the private sector

DUBAI: Oman’s Ministry of Manpower announced that 18,344 citizens have been employed in various private sector institutions across several governates in the Sultanate, national daily Times of Oman reported.
The appointments came during the period between December 2017 and March 2018 as the government continues its push to provide job opportunities for Omani nationals.
Of those employed were 12,277 men and 6,067 women, with construction, wholesale and retail trade, and manufacturing sectors witnessing the highest recruitment level.
Construction hired 32.8 percent of those employed, wholesale and retail trade accounted for 14.3 percent while manufacturing hired 13.3 percent.


Thousands of expats quit Oman as visa ban continues

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Thousands of expats quit Oman as visa ban continues

  • Expats make up 44.1 percent of Oman’s total population which stands at 4,612,824
  • Earlier this year, expat workers in the country faced a six-month visa ban across 87 industries

DUBAI: Oman’s expat population has dropped 2 percent according to figures released in June, 2018, compared to the same time the previous year, local daily Times of Oman reported.
According to government figures there were 43,000 fewer expats recorded in 2018 compared to the previous year – bringing the population of foreign nationals down to 2,035,952.
Expats make up 44.1 percent of Oman’s total population which stands at 4,612,824.
Earlier this year, expat workers in the country faced a six-month visa ban across 87 industries, including media, engineering, marketing and sales, accounting and finance, IT, insurance, technicians, administration and HR.
The Oman government announced last month that the ban would remain in place and that it was considering adding more professions, adding that Omanis should always be the first choice for jobs in the country.
The Omanization drive is part of a government’s push to recruit more of its own citizens, a similar push is underway across the GCC where countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have also been trying to increase the number of locals in employment.