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
By Daniel Shane
Fri 30 Aug 2013 11:06 AM

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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