EXPATRIATE WORKERS IN OMAN CROSS 1.62MN

MUSCAT: The total number of expatriate workers in the sultanate reached 1,623,672 in June compared to 1,614,545 the previous month, an increase of 0.6 per cent.

Statistics issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) show that a majority of expatriate workers are employed in the construction sector.

The number of male expatriate workers was 1,434,102 while 189,570 were female workers.

Statistics show a majority of these workers (1,311,301) were employed in the private sector. ‘Of these, 1,281,188 were male workers and the rest 30,113 were females.’ The number of workers in the private sector saw a 0.6 per cent rise in June compared to the figures recorded in May.

This was followed by workers in the family sector (those working for families and individuals at their own expense). Their numbers reached 252,757 constituting 15.6 per cent of the total expatriate workforce in the sultanate. A majority of workers in this sector are females – 138,760 in June compared to 113,997 in May, an increase of 0.9 per cent.

The number of expatriate workers in the public sector was 59,614 (38,917 males and 20,697 females), registering an overall decline of 1.2 per cent compared to May figures.

The construction sector was the top employer, hiring 616,432 expatriates, followed by wholesale and retail trade sector with 198,377. Workers employed in the processing industry came third with 181,607, followed by 86,772 in the agriculture and forestry sector while 4,180 were employed in the fisheries sector.

Statistics show basic and allied engineering professions had the maximum number of workers till the end of June 2015. ‘The number of expatriates in these professions reached 754,789 registering an increase of 3.7 per cent compared to the figures recorded during the same period last year.’

They were followed by workers in the services sector at 364,321 showing an increase of 3.2 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Workers in the industrial and chemical sectors and food industries constituted 100,750 registering an increase of 3.7 per cent compared to last year.

The number of expatriates occupying positions as public administration and business managers reached 39,478 registering an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to last year.

The number of expatriates working as specialists in scientific, technical and humanitarian affairs reached 74,424, an increase of 3.6 per cent.