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Oman commerce chief calls for five-day week

Private sector urged to implement new hours in bid to encourage more Omanis into job market.

The chairman of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) has urged the private sector to adopt a five-day week in a bid to encourage more young Omanis to take up jobs in the private sector.

The OCCI, which has already implemented a five-day week, believes the new working week would support the government’s efforts to nationalise jobs but said it was up to private companies to take the lead, UAE daily Gulf News reported on Wednesday.

“The five-day week would definitely make it attractive for young Omanis to take jobs without hesitation in the private sector,” Khalil Bin Abdullah Al Khonji, chairman of the OCCI, told the newspaper.

He added he would prefer two weekly day offs on Fridays and Saturdays for the private sector.

“That way we would not lose four working days with the rest of the world and this would help the economy,” he said, adding that by increasing daily working hours the employers can make up for the day’s loss.

“We must keep up with the current and future trends of domestic and foreign development and the economic process,” he added.

The Saud Bahwan Group, a major automobile player in the country, has already adopted a five-day working week from this month.

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