I have a backlog of things I want to blog about. I'll begin with this, which is a quick summary of a news item I found in one of the Arabic dailies (I think it was Oman newspaper) on October 19th.
According to the newspaper, this information is taken from the Ministry of National Economy monthly statistics. I have no reason to doubt them. There is no information on whether the data is based on basic salary only or full pay. It's quite reasonable to assume that in the higher pay levels, the numbers are low because of deliberate misreporting. Also, the data probably doesn't include the pay of self-employed Omanis as well as the owners and partners in businesses. Regardless of that, the figures are incredibly depressing:
In 2007 the number of Omanis employed in the government dropped from 139,000 to 133,000. Meanwhile the number of Omanis in the private sector increased to 131,000 (it increased by a further 10,000 in the first six months of 2008).
The pay distribution for Omanis in the private sector is:
Up to RO. 120 a month: 60,270 employees
RO 120-140: 20,082 employees
RO. 140-160: 17,075 employee
RO. 160-180: 7,615 employees
RO. 180-200: 5,529 employees
RO. 200-300: 14,161 employees
RO. 300-400: 6,549 employees
RO. 400-500: 3,384 employees
RO. 500-600: 2,038 employees
RO. 600-700: 1,247 employees
RO. 700-800: 813 employees
RO. 800-900: 571 employees
RO. 900-1000: 519 employees
RO. 1000-2000: 1394 employees
Salary over RO. 2000 a month: only 470 employees.
To conclude: out of 131,000 Omanis in the private sector, 110,000 of them are on pay of RO. 200 a month or less. That's about 84%.
This is why I oppose Omanisation in its current form. It is a policy that forces Omanis into the lowest paying jobs for the sake of dressing up statistics. It sounds great when the Ministry of Manpower announces that 10,000 Omanis were placed in jobs in the private sector. But the truth is that 8 out of every 10 who are employed are getting paid below 200 rials a month. And that's not much of a living.