Employment of Omanis a continuous process: Govt

MUSCAT, March 4 –
The plan to provide 25,000 jobs to Omanis has crossed more than the halfway mark of the targeted number in just three months.
According to a top official at the Ministry of Manpower, the appointment of Omani job-seekers in the private sector reached 54 per cent by the end of February.
“The pace at which the process is moving shows the target will be achieved easily within the scheduled time,” said Ghalib bin Ali al Hinai, Adviser, Human Resource Planning at the Ministry of Manpower.
According to him, 13,500 job-seekers have been employed at different departments in various private sector companies and establishments.
He said the present target is only the first stage of a continuous process in sectors that have great potential for generating job opportunities for Omani job-seekers.
The first stage of the targeted period, which began in the first week of December last year, will end on May 31.
“The ministry will endeavour to provide jobs to all aspirants even after this period. It will be an ongoing process,” Al Hinai told the Observer.
He said the government’s goal is to facilitate citizens’ access to employment opportunities while taking into account the growth in the number of graduates.
“Omani nationals should be given priority while making recruitment in the public and private sectors and expatriates should be hired for specialised jobs where no qualified Omanis are available,” he said.
Council of Ministers had announced in the beginning of October that 25,000 jobs would be created for Omanis in both private and public sectors within six months, starting from December.
Hence, efforts have been taken on war-footing to provide jobs in tourism, industry, logistics, free zones, mining, financial and knowledge sectors.
The Oman Society of Petroleum Services (Opal) last month said it will generate 3,000 jobs in the oil and gas sector in the following months.
The Ministry of Manpower on Sunday summoned more than 800 job-seekers in different governorates to undergo interviews.
Another 400 job-seekers will undergo interviews today.