By Beatrice Thomas
Of the total number of domestic workers, 35% were Indonesian, while 30% were Indian
Oman’s penchant for domestic help has been revealed with figures showing a massive 25 percent increase in the number of domestic workers employed by families in the past two years, according to data recently released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
It comes despite data showing the number of families requiring domestic help increased only five percent over the same time, the Times of Oman reported.
The NCSI said that more than 23 percent of families in Oman employed domestic staff, who accounted for 16 percent of all expatriate workers in the Sultanate.
Quoting Ministry of Manpower's data, it said that in 2010 the number of domestic workers in Oman was 179,501, increasing to 200,971 in 2011 and 224,006 by the end of 2012.
The NCSI said that the figures showed that for every 100 families with working women, they accounted for 118 domestic workers. Similarly, for every 100 families with children under five years of age, they employed 120 domestic workers.
The figures were 122 domestic workers for every 100 families with a person who had a disability and 127 domestic workers for every 100 families with people aged over 60.
Of the total number of domestic workers, 35 percent were Indonesian, while 30 percent were Indian.
However, for male domestic staff this figure was 46 percent Indian and 34 percent Bangladeshi.
The report said that people were recruiting more Filipino female domestic staff, who, in 2003, formed just five percent of the total domestic workers. The number in 2010 increased to 12 percent.
Nearly 70 per cent of the housemaids were married, the data showed, with 22.9 percent unmarried, 4.3 percent widows and 5.6 percent divorcees.