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Oman public service draws flood of applicants

56,000 people apply for 1,118 positions, most of which require university degrees

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Muscat: About 56,000 jobseekers have applied for 1,118 vacancies advertised in Oman’s public sector, according to Shaikh Khalid Bin Omar Al Marhoon, minister of civil service.

“We had created 5,074 vacancies but 1,118 are still vacant for which a 15-day window was kept from May 15 for applicants to apply,” he said. The jobs, he added, were with the various ministries and government units governed by the Civil Service Law and its bylaws.

In a statement to the state-owned Oman News Agency (ONA), the minister said that the Civil Service Ministry will publish dates for the written tests or interviews taking into consideration the requirements of the jobs.

“Only the applicants who meet the requirements of employment will be considered,” Al Marhoon reiterated. “The Civil Service Ministry will co-ordinate with the ministries concerned about the 1,118 vacant jobs,” he added.

Al Marhoon said that the vacant positions in various government organisations require university qualifications and some of them demanded professional expertise in engineering, financial, legal and other specialist fields. “Some others fall in the category of craft- and service- supporting jobs which usually require less qualification than the general education diploma,” he said.

Between May 2011 and June 2012, Oman created 50,000 jobs for young citizens. During this year’s budget announcement, finance minister Darwish Bin Esmail Al Beloushi had announced that 56,000 more jobs would be created for nationals, including 36,000 in the public sector.