The Ministry of Labour (MoL) has announced that 19,023 jobs have been provided in government and private sectors in the first half of the year accounting for 58.9 per cent of the target set for 2021.
This is a result of the measures undertaken by MoL to develop the labour market and human resources sector in implementation of a plan announced earlier.
‘The job opportunities include 8,493 in the state administrative apparatus – 3,381 in the Ministry of Education, 1,965 in the Ministry of Health, 292 in the University of Technology and Applied Sciences, 175 in the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and 2,680 in various other government departments,’ a report issued by MoL said.
The report indicated that 951 jobs were provided in sectors supervised by government bodies and units.
A total of 5,583 citizens were appointed in the private sector, including 1,329 without General Education Diplomas, 1,718 with General Education Diplomas or equivalent, 683 with university diplomas, 1,813 with university degrees, and 40 candidates with Master’s degrees and doctorates.
‘A total of 547 jobs were created through initiatives of the Ministry of Labour, and 3,449 opportunities resulted following training and qualification, including employment-related training, on-the-job training, and entrepreneurship programmes for small and medium enterprises,’ MoL stated.
In efforts to provide jobs for Omani youth, Omanisation has long been a key focal point of the government. The policies introduced have gathered steam recently in the wake of the economic conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The visa ban on specific jobs for expatriate workers in private sectors and training programmes being implemented to sharpen the skills of Omanis, besides an increase in expat recruitment fees, has had a positive impact on Omanisation.
Earlier this year, H E Sheikh Nasr bin Amer al Hosni, Undersecretary for Labour in MoL, said, “Employing experienced and qualified Omani workers will turn out to be less expensive compared to expatriate workers. The new policies will help Omanis get jobs and drive Omanisation initiatives.”