Benefits for nationals in private sector also

MUSCAT: The Ministry of Manpower is coordinating with several government departments to agree on a package of incentives aimed at closing the gap between the private and the public sectors and also to help nationals to settle down in the private sector jobs. This was revealed by Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, Minister of Manpower, when he was hosted by the Majlis Ash’shura for the second day.

The annual sitting of the seventh term of the Majlis was held under the chairmanship of Shaikh Khalid bin Hilal al Maawali, Chairman of Majlis Ash’shura.

During the session, the Majlis continued discussion on the statement of Al Bakri, which highlighted the labour sector during the current five-year plan (2011-2015), as well as the efforts and programmes being initiated to employ job-seekers and meet the needs of development process in terms of human resources.

He also covered the effect of employee turnover, which has been witnessed during the recent years, in addition to legislations issued to regularise the relationship among various stakeholders.

The members of the Majlis posed a number of questions and inquiries about the aspects covered by the statement of the minister of manpower. During the session, the members stressed on the importance of Omanising senior posts in the private sector by revising Omanisation policies. They also requested the ministry to study the reasons why large 319281number of Omanis are leaving jobs in the private sector. Addressing the meeting, the minister said the government considers the private sector major recruiter and job-generator, adding that the ministry addressed the bodies concerned including the Ministry of Housing and the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) to facilitate housing loans for nationals employed in the private sector.

In addition to this, coordination is on with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Supreme Council for Planning to achieve similar targets for private sector employees.

“The total number of Omanis employed in the private sector hasn’t increased significantly of late as lot of nationals quit the private sector for government jobs, however, there has been a positive change in terms of the quality of jobs taken up by nationals in the private sector,” he said.

Giving the statistics, the minister said the number of Omanis in administrative positions increased from 3,400 to 9,000, Omanis employed in specialised technical jobs has also risen while the number of nationals in low-level positions has dropped which is considered a significant progress in the Omanisation process.

319283“The Ministry of Manpower accords special attention to implement His Majesty’s directives regarding the ratio of expatriate to Omani population should not exceed 33 per cent. That ration now stands at 43 per cent, but the rise in expatriate numbers during the current and the previous five-year development plans was due to implementation of various national projects,” Al Bakri said.

Complaints regarding delay in some will be eliminated once the transformation to e-government is fully accomplished, he added.

The discussion and questions mainly focused on the importance of providing job opportunities for national manpower, particularly in the giant national projects being currently implemented in the country. The members stressed that the private sector should offer more incentives and advantages to make the sector attractive for the nationals.

SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER

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