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Oman: Employed expatriates by sex and education level (mid-2014)

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July 2014
Male Female Total
Illiterate 19,887 2,100 21,987
Read & Writes 369,272 45,722 414,994
Primary 124,724 19,617 144,341
Preparatory 499,393 60,310 559,703
Secondary 210,810 16,027 226,837
Diploma 42,902 8,698 51,600
University 72,291 14,108 86,399
Higher Diploma 4,008 742 4,750
Masters Degree 4,696 1,029 5,725
Ph.D 2,035 566 2,601
Not Stated 19,177 6,552 25,729
Total Workers 1,369,195 175,471 1,544,666

Source: General Directorate of Civil Status

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The table refers to the employed population registered in the Sultanate as of mid-2014, employed in the government, private and household sectors.

The civil status system in Oman was created by Royal Decree No. 66/99, which established the General Directorate of Civil Status as part of the Royal Oman Police.
This civil database served as a basis for creating a comprehensive civil register (National Registration System (NRS)), an integrated computer system linking all 12 civil status directorates throughout the Sultanate and maintained by the D.G of civil Status.
The DGCS is entrusted with the following responsibilities:
1- Registration of births, deaths, marriages, divorces of Omani nationals
2- Registration of births and deaths of resident expatriates; registration of foreign marriages and divorces if one party is a Omani national
3- Issuance of birth and death certificates; as well as identity cards for Omanis and residence cards to foreign residents
4- Assessment of documents provided by Omani nationals requesting to marry a foreign national and certification of such marriages
5- Assessment of documents provided by applicants to recognition and restoration of Omani citizenship, as well as to naturalisation.

The National Registration System thus includes data on births, deaths, marriages and divorces in the Sultanate. It also includes data on identity cards for Omanis and residence cards for residents.
Registration in the civil register is mandatory for Omanis and residents of the Sultanate. The civil register records the name, gender, age, marital status, nationality, address, telephone numbers, civil number, educational level and occupation.
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.
NCSI publishes a monthly bulletin processing most recent economic and social data, in PDF and Excel formats.
September 2014 issue:
Monthly figures of expatriate workers by certain socio-economic characteristics can be found here (September 2014 issue):

Date of access: October 2014.

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