Oman more than doubles women’s wages in less than a decade

New laws governing wages in the country led to an average 162 percent increase in women's salaries. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 January 2019

Oman more than doubles women’s wages in less than a decade

  • The average $758 monthly salary for women in 2010 increased to $1,987 in 2016
  • The salary hike is part of Oman’s ongoing efforts to empower women and decrease the wage gap between Omani men and women

DUBAI: Women’s salaries increased by more than 160 percent in Oman from 2010 to 2016, national daily Times of Oman reported, citing National Centre for Statics and Information (NCSI).
New laws governing wages in the country led to an average 162 percent increase, inflating the average $758 monthly salary for women in 2010 to $1,987 in 2016, the report added.
The salary hike is part of Oman’s ongoing efforts to empower women and to fight discrimination against them, including the wage gap between Omani men and women.
The country’s capital, Muscat, ranked third among the Omani governorates for women’s empowerment efforts, the lowest illiteracy rates among women, and second for women in secondary and higher education.
The sultanate also has the highest percentage of women in supervisory positions and lowest percentage of female jobseekers.
The NCSI also discussed the progress of Omani women between 2010 and 2016 in the “Omani women’s empowerment guide.”


Report: 2 Iranian lawmakers arrested for ‘disrupting’ market

Updated 22 August 2019

Report: 2 Iranian lawmakers arrested for ‘disrupting’ market

  • The report did not reveal if they have been charged with any financial crimes
  • Iran arrested several people since 2018 on corruption charges

TEHRAN: Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency says two lawmakers have been arrested for unspecified actions described as “disrupting” the country’s car market.
The report says the two lawmakers — Fereydoun Ahmadi and Mohammad Azizi — were initially taken to the Evin prison in Tehran but they were later released for about $85,000 in bail.
The report didn’t specify if the two have been charged with any financial crimes.
Iran is trying to crack down on corruption and has arrested several persons since 2018. Two prominent local businessmen have been hanged.
Iran’s economy nosedived since the US pullout from the nuclear deal last year. Prices of cars have skyrocketed as Western manufacturers pull out of the country and foreign-produced parts are becoming harder to find. China is trying to fill the void.