Ministry working to attract more Omanis to private sector: H E Bakri

December 16, 2018

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) is working on a slew of measures to attract more Omanis in private sector jobs.

Speaking exclusively to Muscat Daily, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah al Bakri, Minister of Manpower said, “We are keen to incentivise opportunities in the private sector on par with the government sector to attract more Omanis. Keeping in mind our Omanisation goals, the Ministry of Manpower is working to incorporate the best features of both the government and privates sectors with regard to incentives for employees.”

The ministry has taken many measures and enacted a number of legislations to bring private sector job benefits and incentives on par with the government sector. “We have increased the minimum wage to RO325, standardised weekly and official leaves for workers in the private sector, approved the annual periodic bonus not less than (three per cent) of the basic salary, offering job opportunities in the main companies (first class and above) to job seekers, allowing citizens working in the private sector to compete for government jobs and allowed movement of labour between the two sectors, improving social insurance benefits and development of electronic services.”

H E Bakri also said that local workforce is the cornerstone of this country as implementing Omanisation is the ministry’s priority.

“For GCC nationals the public sector remains the preferred option for employment because of wages, incentives and privileges, job stability, career growth, pension, work environment, working hours and leaves. There is this preference for office and administrative jobs other than the technical jobs, the reputation as working in the public sector grants high reputation among society and the outputs of some disciplines are not commensurate with the needs of the job market.” He also said that the ministry has worked with the Directorate General of Labour Welfare and the directorates of the labour force in the governorates to develop labour inspections by updating organisational frameworks and structures.

“This is in addition to developing the human resources entrusted with carrying out duties and carrying out the responsibilities entrusted with it. The number of inspectors has been increased from 160 in 2010 to 365 inspectors to date.

“Work has been distributed between the directorates of the labour force and the labour departments in the governorates and states. This is consistent with the number of establishments and manpower to carry out inspection work of all kinds and in order to achieve the objectives,” H E Bakri said.