Omanis represent only 17.8% of the private sector


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29 September 2020

MUSCAT (WAF): The percentage of Omanis working in private sector jobs increased by 1.7% during the first eight months of this year, to represent 17.8% of the total workforce of the sector by the end of August 2020 compared to 16.1% at the end of 2019.

The increase in the percentage is not due to the rise in the number of Omanis working in private sector companies during this period. But, as a result of the significant decrease in the number of non-Omani workers, mainly due to the conditions imposed by the Corona pandemic this year.

Data by NCSI Oman shows that the number of Omani workers in the private sector decreased from 262,333 Omani at the end of 2019 to 256,279 Omani at the end of August 2020. And during the same period, the number of non-Omani workers in the sector decreased from 1,712,798 in 2019, to 1,490,421 workers.

The percentage of Omanis working in the private sector is much less than that targeted in Oman Vision 2040. One of the indicators for measuring the priority of work and employment in Oman Vision 2040 is that the share of Omanis in private sector jobs is not less than 35% within ten years and to reach 40% by the year 2040.

Last week, the Omani government decided to scrap academic-degree-linked wages and to keep the same minimum wages for all nationals working in the private sector. And the Ministry of Labor issued a circular of these directives.

The decision continues to cause controversy between supporters of the decision as it will enhance the share of Omanis in the private sector, and opponents who believe that the decision diminishes the value of academic qualifications and gives private-sector employers the power to pay lower wages to locals.

Oman’s elected branch of the parliament, al-Shura Council, published on Sunday the main demands and recommendations came out from the meeting with the General Federation of Oman Workers (GFOW) on the recent government move.

According to al-Shura, both entities demand reducing the gap between salaries in the public and private sectors, for the Ministry of Labor to compel companies to set regulations for professions and position based minimum wages and to accelerate the issuance of the new Labor law which has been under review for a decade.

Al-Shura nad GFOW also demanded to have a complete system of procedures and regulations “to protect job seekers and workers in the private sector from fraudulent company owners and their exploitation of the worker’s need for the job.”

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