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Oman's plan to create 35,000 jobs in the private and public sectors demonstrates its commitment to fighting unemployment and helping the economy flourish. The World Bank forecasts that Oman's unemployment rate will be around 3% in 2023*. By putting effort into both the private and public sectors, Oman hopes to reduce unemployment rates, diversify its economy, provide employment opportunities, and improve the well-being of its citizens. This initiative hopes to cultivate social inclusion, Private-Public Partnerships (PPP), and the growth of employable skills. This strategy aims to maintain existing roles while opening up opportunities for fresh candidates to enter the public sector. Out of the total 35,000 jobs, 14,000 will be provided through replacement in the private sector, while 10,000 will be filled in the public sector.
The Private Sector
The government encourages entrepreneurship, investment, and innovation by creating jobs in this sector. These jobs can be found in various industries, including banking, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, tourism, etc. By focusing on replacement, the private sector aims to keep currently employed workers and ensure the smooth running of businesses without sacrificing productivity. The strength of the private sector contributes to overall economic growth and diversification, which is critical for developing long-term sustainability and lowering Oman’s reliance on oil revenues.
Private Sector Replacement Jobs:
● Oil and Gas: engineers, technicians, project managers, and support staff
● Construction and Infrastructure: roles in construction management, civil engineering, architecture, project planning, and trades
● Manufacturing: production, quality control, logistics, and maintenance
● Retail and Consumer Goods: sales, customer service, inventory management, and store operations
● Information Technology: software development, system administration, network engineering, and cybersecurity
Creating jobs in the public sector ensures that skilled workers are available to support public services. These can include positions in education, healthcare, administration, transportation, etc. 10,000 jobs in the public sector will be filled through a mix of new hires and replacements. This strategy allows the public sector to address workforce gaps and best use its resources.
Public Sector Replacement and New Employment Jobs:
● Education: teachers, administrators, and support staff
● Healthcare: doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, administrators, and support personnel.
● Administration and Civil Service: jobs could be available in government offices, with positions in administration, finance, human resources, and public service.
● Public Infrastructure: engineers, project managers, and technicians in areas such as transportation, utilities, and public works.
● Social Services: social services, social work, community development, and welfare programs.
The announcement of 35,000 private and public sector jobs in Oman can have a significant impact on the recruitment industry, such as an increased demand for recruitment services, expansion of new agencies, and development of upskilling programs. ManpowerGroup Middle East can offer various services to help employers with their talent acquisition and management needs:
● Talent Sourcing and Recruitment: ManpowerGroup Middle East has a vast network and expertise in sourcing and recruiting talent across different industries and job functions. We can help employers identify and attract qualified candidates through our extensive candidate database, recruitment channels, and industry-specific knowledge. Our recruitment services can include candidate screening, interviewing, and shortlisting to provide employers with a pool of pre-screened candidates for their open positions.
● Workforce Planning and Strategy: We work with employers to understand their workforce needs and develop comprehensive workforce planning strategies. We can provide insights on market trends, talent availability, and skill gaps to assist employers in aligning their talent acquisition strategies with their business objectives. This can involve analyzing workforce data, conducting skills assessments, and advising on talent retention and development strategies.
● Temporary and Contract Staffing: ManpowerGroup Middle East offers temporary and contract staffing solutions to help employers meet short-term or project-based staffing requirements. We can provide skilled and qualified professionals, allowing employers to fill gaps in their workforce without long-term commitments quickly. This can be particularly useful for employers facing seasonal demands, workload fluctuations, or specific project needs.
● Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO): We offer full-service Recruitment Process Outsourcing. This entails taking over the entire recruitment process for organizations, from applicant sourcing and screening through onboarding. Using our knowledge and resources, we can streamline the recruitment process, boost efficiency, and decrease the administrative strain on companies.
● Skills Assessment: ManpowerGroup Middle East can help organizations evaluate the skills and capabilities of their current staff. This can assist businesses in identifying talent shortages and training requirements within their company.
● Market Intelligence and Insights: Effective talent management must stay current on market trends, talent availability, and industry dynamics. We provide employers with market research, industry analyses, and labour market insights, allowing them to make informed decisions and remain competitive in attracting and retaining employees.
● Compliance and Employment Regulations: Navigating employment rules and regulations can be difficult, especially for businesses that operate in numerous countries or jurisdictions. ManpowerGroup Middle East understands local labour regulations and can advise clients on recruitment, employment contracts, work permits, and other legal needs.
ManpowerGroup Middle East also offers various services and resources to assist job seekers in their career advancement and job search:
● Job Placement and Opportunities: ManpowerGroup Middle East has access to a diverse range of job opportunities in various industries and job functions. We can match job seekers' skills, qualifications, and preferences with appropriate job vacancies by connecting them with potential employers. We can give job seekers access to a greater choice of career options due to our extensive network and partnerships with employers.
● Career Guidance and Job Application Support: We offer guidance to job seekers, by providing insights into industry trends, in-demand skills, and job market dynamics, enabling job seekers to make informed decisions about their career choices. This can include advice on resume building and interview preparation.
● Skills Assessment: ManpowerGroup Middle East can assist job seekers in assessing their skills and identifying areas for improvement to enhance their skills, acquire new competencies, and increase their marketability.
● Interview Preparation: We assist job seekers in preparing for interviews by providing interview coaching and guidance. This may involve feedback on interview performance and tips on answering common interview questions. Equipping job seekers with the necessary interview skills and confidence, we help them increase their chances of success in securing job offers.
● Job Market Insights: ManpowerGroup Middle East can provide job seekers with vital insight into wage trends, in-demand skills, and industry-specific information. This information can assist job seekers in making educated career decisions, successfully targeting their job search, and aligning their talents with the demands of the labour market.
● Temporary and Contract Work: ManpowerGroup Middle East offers temporary and contract work opportunities, which is advantageous for job seekers looking for flexible employment or short-term assignments. While job searchers seek permanent roles, quick work can provide income, industry experience, and networking opportunities.
As the job market in Oman evolves, the industry will expand and develop to fulfil the needs of both employers and workers. ManpowerGroup Middle East can help employers find talent, optimize their workforce, and enhance competitiveness. Job seekers can also benefit from our expertise and extensive network to enhance their employability and chances of finding suitable employment opportunities.