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South Asian expats make up 85% of Oman's foreign workforce

New figures show dominance of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan workers; total expat workforce rises in Nov

South Asian expats make up 85% of Oman's foreign workforce

Workers from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan represent more than 85 percent of total number of expatriate workers in Oman, according to new figures published by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

It said the total number of expat workers in Oman witnessed an increase of more than 7,000 by the end of November, totaling 1,565,523 workers, compared to the previous month.

The report revealed that the number of workers in the government sector reached 59,661 reflecting an increase of 0.4 percent or 233 new workers in the same period.

In the private sector, the number of workers at the end of November reached 1,267,418, increasing by 0.4 percent or 4,631 workers while expats working for family firms rose by 0.9 percent, totaling 238,444 workers when compared with 236,237 by the end of October.

The number of male expatriate workers at the end of November totalled 1,385,056 compared to just 180,467 female workers.

NCSI statistics also highlighted that workers from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan totalled 1,353,929, 86.5 percent of the total number.

Workers from Ethiopia made up 2.2 percent while Indonesians made up 2.4 percent, Filipinos (2 percent) and Egyptians (1.5 percent).

Statistics showed that the largest concentration of expatriate workers are found in Muscat governorate with 692,550 workers, followed by Al Batinah North governorate with 202,149 workers.

The lowest concentration of expatriate workers are to be found in Musandam governorate with only 13,807 workers.

Last month, a proposal in Oman to impose a tax on remittances by expats in the country was rejected by the economic committee of the State Council, according to an official.

"The Majlis Al Shura's proposal to impose a tax on remittances by expatriates was rejected at the State Council," Salim bin Said Al Ghatami, the head of the economic committee at the State Council, told the Times of Oman.

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