Expatriate workers increase by 4,320 in June
The number of expatriate workers in Oman increased by the end of June compared with May 2014, while the total number of expatriates working in the private sector also increased over the same period. Recent statistics published by the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) shows that the total number of expatriate workers in Oman by the end of June reached 1,539,177 workers, adding 4,320 new workers when compared to May 2014 figure which totaled 1,534,857 workers.
Expatriate workers in Oman are distributed across three sectors: government, private, and family sectors. The number of workers in the government sector at the end of June reached 57,080 workers reflecting a drop of 0.2%, recording 122 fewer workers when compared to May 2014 figure. In the private sector, the number of workers grew by 2,512 at the end of June 2014, totaling 1,251,371 workers, an increase of 0.2% when compared to the May figure. Meanwhile, expatriate workers in the family sector (working with families and those having their own job) reached 230,726 by the end of June, an increase of 0.8% compared with 228,796 recorded by end of May 2014.
The NCSI statistics notes that the number of male expatriate workers at the end of June 2014 reached 1,365,918 while the number of female expatriate workers totaled 173,259. The figures also reveal that expatriate workers from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan represent 87% of the total number of expatriate workers in Oman, totaling 1,334,014 workers, with the balance comprised of other nationalities. The statistics also detail the concentration of expatriate workers according to geographical location, with the largest concentration to be found in Muscat with 675,188 workers, in second place was Al Batinah North with 199,977 workers, while the lowest concentration of expatriate workers was recorded in Musandam with 13,755 workers.
From an educational perspective, holders of preparatory certificate registered by the end of June represent the majority of expatriate workers totaling 557,707, while 415,129 are categorized as being able to read and write. On the other hand, the smallest number of registered workers in terms of educational qualification were those holding a PHD, who totaled 2,604 by the end of June 2014.