A study recently released by the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) reveals a dramatic increase in the participation of Omani women working in the Public and Private Sectors, as well as a growing trend towards Female Omani students opting for private school education and going on to study in higher education.
Over the 9 year period from 2003 to 2012, and with 2013 numbers being finalized, the number of Omani women working in the Public Sector, which includes Civil Service, Diwan of Royal court, Royal Court Affairs and Public Corporations rose from 29,218 in 2003 to 68,200 in 2012. During the same period, the number of Omani women working in the Private Sector trebled, with 35,248 Omani women registered with the Public authority for Social Insurance versus the 2003 total of 13,385.
According to the NCSI figures, the number of Omani women holding top management, middle management and direct management positions within the Public Sector witnessed a healthy 50% growth since 2008, with a total of 774 Omani women holding Senior Public Service positions against the 2008 total of 510 women. At the end of 2012, Omani women account for approximately 10% of all Senior Public Sector roles. The figures highlight the increasing emphasis placed by the government on providing opportunities for talented Omani women to play a greater role in the Public and Private Sectors as the economy continues to diversify and grow.
The study also reveals a growing trend amongst young Omani women to choose private schooling, and to pursue higher levels of education. According to the NCSI study, the number of Omani females enrolled in private schools has almost doubled since the 08/09 school year, with the total number of Omani females enrolled in Private Schools rising to 32,434 in 12/13 school year, against the 08/09 total of 17,218. During the same period, the number of Omani females enrolled in higher educational institutions rose by 20%, with 51,048 Omani females enrolled in the 11/12 school year against the 07/08 total of 41,533.
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