If you are currently a working expat in the Sultanate of Oman or plan to relocate there for a job, your plans might be at risk to change soon.
There are past reports that the Minister of Manpower Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Bakri confirmed that about 100,000 expats in Oman will soon be out of a job to allow more Omanis to join the workforce, according to the Times of Oman. However, more recent information from the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has stated that while they are working hard to Omanise jobs, the exact number of expatriate jobs in Oman to be removed has not yet been decided upon, according to arabianbusiness.com.
Oman’s population is approximately 3.98 million, of this number 1.75 million are expatriates. While a time frame has not yet been determined, efforts will be made to not only reduce the number of expats in the Omani workforce, but the overall amount of expats by about 10%
There are currently 692,867 expat workers in Oman- of this amount 43,000 of these expats hold managerial positions. Minister of Manpower Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri said the government is taking steps to not only increase work for Omanis, but to also encourage them to work in the private sector, including managerial positions.
While 95% of all clerical jobs are held by Omnis, iexpats claim they fall short in employing Omnis in other areas. Omnis currently hold the following percent of employment in these categories:
- Services: 20%
- Administration: 17%
- Industrial Job: 13%
- Engineering: 7%
- Technical: 2%
- The Professions: 18%
- Sales: 15%
- Agriculture: 7%
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