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Oman: A socio-demographic profile of domestic workers (2010)

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2010 2012
Males Females  
(%) (%)
Sex 9 91
Country of citizenship India 46 29
Indonesia 2 35
Bangladesh 34 5
Philippines 2 12
Other countries 16 19
  Total 100 100
Age group 15-29 26.7 33.8
30-44 46.9 55.5
45-59 24.4 5.6
60 and above 2 4.3
Total 100 100  
Educational level Illiterate 22.3
Reads and writes 48.4
Below high-school diploma 18.7
High-school diploma 9.5
Post high-school diploma 0.8
Bachelor and above 0.3
Total 100
Marital status Never married 22.9
Married 67.8
Divorced 5.6
Widowed 4.3
Total 100
Total (number) 179,501 224,006

Source: Ministry of National Economy / NCSI

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The table refers to the domestic workers’ population recorded during census 2010, with update for 2012 based on labour permits’ statistics.
Professions classified as domestic workers are the domestic helpers, cooks, nannies, personal drivers, gardeners, etc. working for private persons/ households.

The Ministry of National Economy of Oman has conducted three censuses in 1993, 2003 and 2010.
The date of reference for census 2010 is December 12, 2010. Period of implemention: December 12 to 21, 2010. The Sultanate uses the de jure and the de facto approach in the enumeration.

For information on technical means used in Oman’s censuses, please see:

2. Institution which provides data

National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI)

3. Data availability

The National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) processes and disseminates all statistical data of use to the public and to government action.
2010’s census results are available on NCSI’s website, in several general thematic publications, in the “publications” section

The present data is taken from a statistical digest series which processes and disseminates census and other data by topic: Data Report n°3, September 2013. “The Domestic Workers” (in Arabic)

Last date of access: 4 November 2014.

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