Omanisation to strip a hundred thousand expat jobs

Published:  19 Feb at 6 PM
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The southwest Asian Sultanate of Oman appears to be following its Gulf State neighbours in announcing that 100,000 expats jobs are to be removed and given to locals.

An announcement Monday by Oman’s Minister of Manpower, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, affirmed a planned move to reduce the number of private sector positions filled by expat workers by six per cent to 33 per cent of the total number of jobs in the Sultanate. It’s expected that 107,000 expatriates will be forced to leave as a result.

The move was initiated due to statistic which showed that expat workers outnumber Omani employees by six to one in private sector positions, in spite of the government’s recent efforts to boost local employment rates. Initiatives intended to give Omanis the skills necessary to compete with expat professionals seem not to have been successful.

Only 14.6 of the total of private sector company employees are Omani citizens, and reports state that the number of expat workers is on the increase. The total private and public manpower in the Sultanate stands at 1,776,583 persons.

Al Bakri told local media that, although no time-frame for the change had been established, the ministry was doing all it could to encourage local workers into private sector jobs by improving their skills. The data also revealed that 39 per cent of the population of the island is made up of expat employees.

Of Omani employees, 50 per cent are skilled at some level, but only eight percent have technical expertise and just 11 per cent have specializations. Just over 20 thousand Omanis are graduates, against 36 thousand expats, and 124 thousand expats have higher level degrees against 23 thousand Omanis.
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