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Most expat workers in construction sector: Report

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Muscat: Five economic activities in the Sultanate of Oman account for 74.3 percent (1, 449, 358 ) of the total expatriate workers in the private and family sectors.


According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), 25.7 percent of those workers are in the construction sector.


NCSI's monthly statistics showed that until the end of the first quarter of this year, the total number of workers in the construction sector, wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, manufacturing industries, household activities, hospitality, and food services were 1,766,426.


The bulletin said the number of expatriates in the construction sector amounted to 373,184, compared to 353,584 workers at the end of 2021, with an increase of 5.5 percent, while the number of workers in the wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles reached 216 1,493, compared to 206,868 workers last year, an increase of 4.7 percent.


The number of workers in the manufacturing sector reached 179,838, compared to 171,296 at the end of 2021.


In households that employ individuals, and household activities in the production of non-distinguished goods and services for their own use, the number of expatriate workers reached 196,839, and the number of workers in housing and food services activities reached 110,72, compared to 103,471 at the end of last year.


The bulletin said that there are 65,590 migrant workers working in transport and storage activities, an increase of 3,286 workers from last year, while 87,729 workers work in agriculture, forestry, and fishing activities, 72,063 workers in administrative and support services activities, 13,154 workers in education, 12,783 in human health and social services activities, 19,662 expatriates in professional, scientific and technical activities, and 13,037 workers in mining and quarrying activities.


The bulletin said according to professional groups, the number of expatriate workers working in the basic and auxiliary engineering professions in the private and family sectors reached 600,927, at a rate of 41.5 percent, and the service professions came in second place with a number of 444,011, at a rate of 30.6 percent.


The number of workers in the professions of industrial and chemical operations and the food industries is 102,533, at a rate of 7.1percent, and in the sales professions are 92,816 workers, and 87,743 workers are in the professions of agriculture, animal husbandry, birds and hunting, while their number is in the professions of specialists in scientific topics. 53,011 technical and humanitarian workers, 35,561 technical workers in scientific, technical, and humanitarian subjects, and 32,258 in the professions of public administration and business managers.


The number of expatriate workers in the private and family sectors constitutes 97.6 percent of the total number of workers in the Sultanate of Oman, whose total number in the three sectors, including workers in the government sector, is 1,485,123.


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