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Wed 15 Jul 2009 12:36 PM

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Omanisation rates to increase

The single largest rate increase announced was for the engineering sector, at 50%.

Omanisation rates to increase

Omanisation rates are set to rise for 2010, in a bid by the government to increase the percentage of Omani employees in the private sector, it was reported on Tuesday.

The single largest rate increase announced was for the engineering sector, at 50 percent, but the ratio for aircraft companies and travel offices increased to 90 and 95 percent respectively, the latter a ten percent increase, the ONA reported.

The largest ratio set is 100 percent, which applies to the metre readers, labour and supportive services of collection companies, clerks in the accounting profession, and the assistant engineers, supervisors and skilled labourers in divisions of the water and electricity sector.

In the oil and gas industry, the Omanisation rate is expected to remain at 90 percent for production and operation companies, with only a slight increase of two to three percent in service companies.

A recent Central Bank of Oman report showed that employment of Omanis in the private sector increased by 11.7 percent to 147,194 in 2008. This was on top of a 15.3 percent increase the previous year. However, employment of expatriates increased by 24.5% to 794,935 in 2008, having increased by 25 percent in 2007.

Private sector companies will have to submit their annual plan on implementing the new Omanisation rates before 15 August this year.

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