The number of educated expats in the country has decreased, according to figures released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
The number of undergraduate expats has dropped by 10,330 in the last three years. According to NCSI, there were 94,461 undergraduate expats in the Sultanate at the end of December 2015, while there were 84,131 at the end of August 2018.
This is a fall of almost 11 per cent. Similarly, the population of diploma holding expats fell by 5,008 during the same period. NCSI disclosed that there were 53,515 expats with a diploma in Oman back in December 2015. Their number has declined to 48,507 in August 2018, a 9.35 per cent decrease.
There were 5,869 expats with a master’s degree to their name in December 2015, while there were 5,119 of them in August 2018. This is a fall of 684, around 12 per cent.
There were 2,844 expats with PhDs in Oman back in December 2015, while there were 2,594 of them in August 2018, recording a drop of 250 and 8.79 per cent.
This is despite the fact that there are currently more expats in the country, as compared to 2015.
However, expat numbers fell in 2018 compared to 2017, which could at least partly be because of the visa ban instituted by the Ministry of Manpower, which led to a freeze on the hiring of expats across 87 professions in January 2018. That ban was extended for another six months in July and is still in effect. Some observers put this down to more Omanis joining the workforce and occupying the jobs that these expats might have otherwise held. However, the workforce still continues to be dominated by overseas workers.
Expats who are undergraduates, diploma-holders and those with master’s degrees saw their numbers fall more than those with other qualifications, such as doctorates.
According to NCSI, the number of expats in 2015 was 1,866,301. It recovered to 2,051,034 in 2016 and jumped further to 2,095,550 in 2017.
Presently, the number stands at 2,054,458, which is 44.2 per cent of the population of the country.
Source Credit: Times of Oman