H E Dr Mahad bin Said bin Ali Ba’owain, Minister of Labour, said in an interview to Oman TV on Sunday night that the sultanate is working towards providing employment to 80 per cent of all jobseekers in two years. Of these, 70 per cent will be absorbed by the private sector by end of 2022.
Employment in the government sector will be according to the actual need, he added.
The minister said that the employment initiatives announced recently will provide 15,000-20,000 jobs.
“There is an increase in jobseekers and it needs quick, sustainable solutions, wherein comes the role and responsibility of all parties involved. We are working on opening communication with the private sector, jobseekers and the General Federation of Oman Workers, and then analyse different views. There are many initiatives that will be announced in the coming months.”
Talking about challenges facing the labour market, H E Ba’owain said that the continued economic crisis has disabled the private sector from generating job opportunities. “The pandemic struck during the period of economic recession that has been continuing for some years, which created another challenge in stopping the laying off of Omanis in the private sector.”
He added that the Ministry of Labour has made efforts to ensure that Omanis remain in their jobs during the pandemic.
“The private sector is central to the economy, and we are confident that it is capable of facing challenges and expand later.”
Addressing jobseekers directly, he said they should upgrade their skills and experience level to increase their chances of employment.