Fo­cus on giv­ing jobs to Oma­nis with diplo­mas, uni­ver­sity de­grees

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters an­nounced that 25,000 jobs would be pro­vided to Oma­nis.

Some 29,176 Oma­nis were em­ployed in pri­vate sec­tor in­sti­tu­tions across the Sul­tanate be­tween De­cem­ber 2017 and May 14, 2018, ac­cord­ing to statis­tics re­leased by MoM on Tues­day

The con­struc­tion sec­tor hired 32 per cent of work­ers, fol­lowed by whole­sale and re­tail trade with 14.6 per cent, while man­u­fac­tur­ing hired 13.3 per cent.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est MoM data, 19,878 of those re­cruited were men and 9,298 were women. Of them, 13,808 held be­low diploma de­grees, 10,043 held diploma de­grees and 5,325 had higher ed­u­ca­tion de­grees.

The MoM reaf­firmed that for the next three months it would fo­cus on pro­vid­ing jobs to those with col­lege diplo­mas and to uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates.

Re­gard­ing the six-month ban on hir­ing ex­pat work­ers across 87 jobs, an of­fi­cial ear­lier con­firmed that the ban would con­tinue as long as there were Oma­nis who were fit for these jobs.

“Pro­vid­ing jobs for Oma­nis will go on even af­ter reach­ing the hir­ing tar­get,” the of­fi­cial said, adding, “Most Oma­nis were hired in the con­struc­tion sec­tor as it has lots of job va­can­cies es­pe­cially in the engi­neer­ing, tech­ni­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tion fields.”

“The min­istry con­ducted a study, which showed that many Omani job-seek­ers have the qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the 87 pro­fes­sions the min­istry barred to ex­pats. Based on this, the min­istry de­cided on the hir­ing freeze,” he said.

The sec­tors af­fected by the ban in­clude IT, me­dia, air traf­fic, engi­neer­ing, ac­count­ing and fi­nance, tech­ni­cians, in­sur­ance, mar­ket­ing and sales, ad­min­is­tra­tion and HR.

Oman­i­sa­tion in the pri­vate sec­tor has in­creased to 12.1 per cent in 2017, from 11.4 per cent in 2015, ac­cord­ing to MoM data.

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