Muscat: Oman will limit the proportion of expatriates working in the private sector from 39 per cent to 33 per cent, the minister of labour said in a press conference on Monday.

In an effort to increase the percentage of national manpower in the private sector and to rationalise the recruitment of expatriates, Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Bakri, Minister of Manpower held a press conference at the ministry headquarters on Monday, outlining the decisions.

The minister affirmed that the government was committed to limit the level of expatriates working in the private sector from 39 per cent (1,776,583 people) to 33 per cent.

He added that the breakdown of the manpower is as follows; 244,698 nationals are working for the private sector, 1,308,981 expatriates working for the private sector and 242,904 of expatriates working in special services.

He pointed out that intensive efforts were made last year by the government, in close cooperation with representatives of businessmen, the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Oman General Trade Union, to regularise the labour market, update its legislations and provide job opportunities for citizens to enhance their contribution to the development process, meet the needs of the private sectors in terms of manpower, develop work inspection, regularise business relations among production stakeholders and enhance the technical education and vocational training fields.

He affirmed that the labour market regularisation comes in response to the demographic changes witnessed by the Omani labour market. The statistics data shown by the National Centre for Statistics and Data point out that the Sultanate’s population stood at 3.876 million as of the end of 2013 of which expatriates constitutes 44 per cent. The level of expatriates was 27.7 per cent in 2003 and 34.9 per cent in 2010…. see more

source: gulfnews