Oman re-posts 1,100 jobs after no-one applies

A further 500 nationals applied for civil service jobs but failed to show for interviews

The government of Oman has re-advertised more than 1,100 jobs in its civil service after receiving no applicants when they were first publicised last month.

In a statement, the sultanate’s Ministry of Civil Service said that it will advertise 2,317 vacancies for citizens across various ministries and governmental units, as part of a plan to get more nationals into full-time work.

Out of these jobs, 1,118 were previously advertised but attracted no interest, while a further 495 received applications, before applicants failed to show up for interviews.

The Ministry of Civil Service said that the jobs covered various disciplines and levels of experience and qualifications.

Three vacancies require a master’s degree; 1,001 a bachelor’s degree; 531 a post-secondary diploma; 157 a general education diploma; and 600 a general education diploma.

Two per cent of the jobs will be reserved for candidates with disabilities.

The International Monetary Fund estimates unemployment among Omani citizens may have exceeded 20 percent in 2010, though government officials say that estimate was far too high and that the number of registered unemployed was reduced by three-quarters to about 17,000 in 2012.

Oman's consultative Shura Council approved in February a much higher minimum wage and curbs on foreign labour to prevent a repeat of 2011 protests against joblessness.

Expatriates, mostly from south or southeast Asia, make up about 39 percent of Oman's population and mainly work in the oil, construction and services industries, according to official data.

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They can keep this Offer open for some more period for the Omani nationals and then they can advertise the same with option for the job will be open and available for all expats in Oman as well.

Then possibly the Omani nationals will think about joining or leaving the job for ex-pats.

Any way the job position has to be filled in for operational purpose.

Any way our good wishes to all and the Govt of Sultanate of Oman.


Posted by: David

Thank you for an extremely insightful comment that shows an acute understanding of the entire situation. I have to say this comment made by day, look forward to many of such intelligent observations

Posted by: Paolo C

Never heard about lazy people? Just let them get hungry then you see how fast they will apply for a job.

Posted by: shaheen

Some time back Oman introduced a social security benefit similar to the one that that exists in the UK for unemployed citizens, I am not sure how much it is per month. But it is possible that Omani's would prefer to live on this allowance rather than work. However the country does have a high unemployment rate and lower government salaries compared to some Gulf countries.

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