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Expatriate workforce down by over 172,000 till July

8 Aug 2020

Oman’s expatriate employee population has come down by more than 172,000 from end of 2019 to to July 2020.

However, the overall expat population has fallen by more than 165,000 in the same period.  

According to the figures from the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), expatriates accounted for 42.3 per cent of the total population of the sultanate by the end of 2019 while they made up 39.90 per cent in July, 2020. The expatriate population was 1,972,088 in 2019, and it went down by 165,842 to 1,806,246 in July 2020.  

Statistics available for the first half of 2020 indicate that expatriate workers in Oman were 1,712,798 at the end of 2019, which came down by 122,915 to 1,589,883 (1.59mn) by June 2020. According to NCSI, by July, the expat workers’ population further fell to around 1.54mn.  

In H1 2020, expatriate workers in the private sector has come down by 104,141, those working in the domestic/family sector by 16,549, and those in the government sector by 2,225.  

Bangladeshi workers form the bulk of the expatriate population, which saw a decline of 39,933 in the first six months of 2020 to total 590,748. The expat Indian worker population declined by 50,381 to become 567,341 and the Pakistani expat worker population fell by 14,612 to reach 192,676. 

The statistics indicated that Muscat Governorate is most populated with expatriate workers whose number in the governorate fell from 731,088, at the end of 2019, to 683,460 by June this year.  

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