Expats in Oman’s govt sector drop 15.1%

Muscat: The number of expatriates employed in the Sultanate’s government sector has been witnessing decline over the past year, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

The number of expatriates in the government sector declined by 15.1 percent to 44,558 in July 2020 from 52,462 in June 2020. Nearly, 8,000 expatriates (7,904) left the government sector during this period.

The percentage of expatriates who left the government jobs in Oman was 18.8 in July 2020, when compared with the figures of the same period a year ago.

At the end of December 2019, the number of expatriate workers in the government sector was 54, 687.

The number of expatriate workers in the private sector has also declined by 2.5 percent from 1,259,814 at the end of June to 1,228,713 a month later. A total of 31, 101 have expatriates have a private-sector job during this period.

There was a combined drop of 39.2 percent in the number of expatriate workers in three private sectors – construction (19.6 percent), real estate (9,9 percent ) and wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (9.6 percent).

In the family sector, the number of expatriates dropped by 8,809 or 3.2 percent to 268,798 in July from 277,607 a month ago.

The number of Bangladesh nationals dropped from 590,748 in June 2020 to 580, 132 in July 2020, Pakistanis from 192, 676 to 185,626, and the Filipinos from 47,537 to 46,531 during the same period.

The number of Indian expatriates dropped from 567,  341 in June 2020 to 542,091 during the same period.

Over the number of expatriate workers decreased by 47,814 to 1,589,883 from 1542,069.