Muscat: The private sector is still not as attractive as the public sector for Omanis, especially when it comes to lower level jobs, and a 'lift-up in the work environment' is necessary to encourage more locals to join, says Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy.
Commenting on the main challenges facing the Omanisation process, Al Sunaidy said that one of the main challenges is that working in the private sector at lower levels is not as appealing as similar jobs in the public sector, which offers 'guaranteed salary' with 'stable' jobs.
"It should be offset in the private sector by higher salaries and more work, but that is not happening. There is more work and lesser salary," he told the Times of Oman. The minister added that another challenge is the way banks and similar entities view the private sector employees.
For instance, government employees seem to receive more loans, he said.
But those in higher categories, management and above, the private sector is becoming more attractive than the government sector though there are less jobs, he said.