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Expatriate workers register increase in Oman


A view of a roundabout in Ruwi, Muscat governorate. Photo - Times of Oman

Muscat: The number of expatriate workers in Oman increased by the end of June compared with May 2014, while the total number of expatriates working in the private sector also increased over the same period.

Recent statistics published by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) showed that the total number of expatriate workers in Oman by the end of June reached 1,539,177 workers, adding 4,320 new workers when compared to May 2014 figures of 1,534,857.

Expatriate workers in Oman are distributed across three sectors: government, private, and family. The number of workers in the government sector at the end of June reached 57,080 workers reflecting a drop of 0.2 per cent, recording 122 fewer workers when compared to the May 2014.

In the private sector, the number of workers grew by 2,512 at the end of June 2014, totalling 1,251,371 workers, an increase of 0.2 per cent when compared to the May figures.

Meanwhile, expatriates working with families and those having their own job, reached 230,726 by the end of June, an increase of 0.8 per cent compared with 228,796 recorded by end of May 2014.  

The NCSI statistics noted that the number of male expatriates at the end of June 2014 reached 1,365,918 while the number of female expatriates totalled 173,259. The figures also revealed that India, Bangladesh and Pakistan contributed 87 per cent of the total number of expatriates in Oman, totalling 1,334,014.

The statistics also detailed the concentration of expatriates according to geographical locations, with the largest concentration to be found in Muscat with 675,188 workers. In second place was Al Batinah North with 199,977, while the lowest concentration of expatriates was recorded in Musandam with 13,755.

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