Muscat: The number of expatriate workers in the Sultanate's private sector is 1.33 million, which includes 129,627 women, according to the monthly statistics issued last Saturday by the Supreme Council for Planning.
When compared with data from last year at the end of December, statistics showed an increase of 1.1 per cent in the number of expatriate workers in the private sector by the end of January this year.
Statistics also revealed that the number of expatriate workers in the construction sector stands at 690,000, while there are 265,000 expatriates in the service sector, 77,000 in the agriculture sector, and 121,000 in the IT sector.
At the senior manager level, there are 37,980 expatriates, and this year, 317 were appointed to even higher positions.
The increase in expatriates in senior-management roles is 0.8 per cent as of the end of January, when compared with data from the end of December 2012. However, there has also been a 0.7 per cent decrease in the number of expatriates opting for clerical jobs.
Meanwhile, there are 1,909 Omani workers in the private sector, 2.2 per cent of the total Omani workforce, earning a salary above OMR2,000. This number includes 115 female workers. In all, there are 172,187 Omanis working in the private sector, including 35,374 female workers.
Statistics further revealed a decrease of 10.2 per cent at the end of January in the number of Omani workers accepting a salary of between OMR180 and 200, compared with the data available at the end of December 2012.
Statistics showed there isn't much of a difference in the number of Omanis working in the private sector; there was a 0.1 per cent increase as of the end of January this year, compared with the data available for December 2012.