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31 May, 2016

1.7 M Expat Workers in Oman in April 2016

Muscat, May 28 (ONA) —- The total number of expatriate workers in the Sultanate witnessed an increase by the end of April 2016 totaling 1,763,710 workers increasing by 1% when compared with 1,747,097 workers by the end of March 2016.

The report issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) revealed that expatriate workers in the Sultanate are distributed across three sectors: government, private and family sectors including 1,564,532 males and 199,178 females.

The number of workers in the private sector by the end of April 2016 reached 1,430,965 including (32,412 females and 1,398,553 males), reflecting an increase of 1%, compared with March 2016.

Furthermore, expatriates working in the family sector increased by 0.9% by the end of April 2016, totaling 271,250 including (144.909 females and 126.341 males, compared the end of March 2016.

The number of workers in the government sector by end of April 2016 reached 61,495 reflecting an increase of 0.1% including (39.638 males and 21.857 females), compared to last March figures.

From the economic perspective, construction sector involved the largest number of expatriate workers at the end of April totaling 652.439 workers, followed by wholesale and retail trade, cars and motorbikes preparing, personal and family goods totaling 221,307 workers, while the manufacturing sector reached 199,725 workers.

From an educational perspective, a total of 649.380 expatriate workers registered on April have intermediate certificate, including (68,822 females and 580, 558 males), while 475,427 including (54,360 females and 421,067 males), categorized as being able to read and write.

The percentage of the expatriate workers who hold the primary school certificate reached 160,020 including (19,658 females and 140,362 males at the end of April 2016, while the percentage of illiterate workers reached 25,140 workers including 2,960 females, in addition to 22,180 male workers.

The number of expatriate workers who hold the secondary school certificate reached 262,668 workers including 17,563 females, in addition to 245,105 male workers.

The number of the expatriate workers who hold the diploma certificate reached 53,527 persons including 9,202 females, in addition to 44,325 male workers.

The university graduate expatriate workers reached 94,494 persons including 17,122 females, in addition to 77,372 male workers.

The number of expatriate workers who hold higher diploma increased by 1 per cent to reach 4,907 persons. The percentage of the workers who hold Master’s degree decreased by 0.1 per cent by logging 5,839 persons. The number of PHD holders decreased as well by 0.1 per cent to reach 2,823 expatriate workers.

As for the nationalities, the majority of the expatriate workers were Indians. The Indian expatriate workers working in the Sultanate reached 687,592 with an increase of 1 per cent including 38,392 females, in addition to 649,200 male workers.

The workers from Bangladesh reached 630,433 with an increase of 3.5 per cent including 32,833 female workers, in addition to 597,600 male workers. The percentage of the Pakistani workers also increased by 1.1 per cent to reach 225,112 including 1,227 females, in addition to 223,885 male workers.

Ethiopian workers decreased by 5.6 per cent to reach 21,221; the majority of them are females. The female Ethiopian workers reached 21,013 while the male workers recorded 208.

The female workers also constituted the majority of Indonesian workers. They recorded 27,681 out of the total number of the Indonesian workers who reached 28,323.

The number of expatriate workers coming from the Philippines reached 36,570 including 24,403 females, in addition to 12,167 male workers.

Egyptian workers decreased by 0.9 per cent to reach 24,937 including 5,776 females, in addition to 19,161 male workers.

Nepali workers reached 14 thousands including 4,176 females while the number of the Sri Lankan workers reached 16,885 including 9,830 females, in addition to 7.055 males, comprising an increase by 3.3 per cent.

The number of workers from other nationalities reached 78,637 with a growth rate of 3.9 per cent.