Number of expatriate workers in private sector declines by 0.1%
The total number of expatriate workers in Oman witnessed stability by the end of May 2014 compared to the figures of April 2014. Meanwhile, the total number of expatriates working in the private sector witnessed a marginal decline over the same period. Recent statistics published by the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) revealed that the total number of expatriate in the Sultanate totaled 1,534,857 workers by the end of May 2014 representing a decline of only 281 compared to the total number of workers at the end of April 2014.
The report revealed that expatriate workers in Oman are distributed across three sectors: government, private and family sectors. The number of workers in the government sector by end of May reached 57,202 reflecting an increase of 0.4% or 241 new workers when compared to April figures. In the private sector, the number of workers at the end of May reached 1,248,859, declining by 0.1% or 1909 workers when compared to the April figures. Furthermore, expatriates working in the family sector increased by 0.2% by the end of May totaling 228,796 workers when compared with 228,409 by the end of April 2014. Meanwhile, the number of male expatriate workers at the end of May totaled to 1,362,675 workers, while the number of female expatriates was 172,182.
NCSI statistics also highlight that workers from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan present 87% of total number of expatriate workers in Oman totaling to 1,329,630. Workers from Ethiopia made up 2.6% of the total expatriate workers in Oman by the end of May 2014 while Indonesia was at 2.1%, Philippian 1.9%, and Egypt 1.5%.
Statistics show that the largest concentration of expatriate workers according to geographic location are to be found in Muscat governorate with 671,457 workers, Al Batinah North governorate came second with 199,895 workers. The lowest concentration of expatriate workers are to be found in Musandam governorate with only 13,770 workers. From an educational perspective, a total of 554,179 expatriate workers registered on May have preparatory certificates, while 415,257 categorized as being able to read and write. PHD holders among expatriate workers in Oman by the end of May 2014 totaled 2,591.