On the event of World Population Day which is celebrated on July 11th every year and comes this year under the theme “investing in youth”, the National Centre for Statistics and Information NCSI announced the results of “Omani youth orientations” survey.
The NCSI conducted the survey last month with the aim of updating the information structure and to get a better understanding of the Omani youth orientation in job market. The survey comprised a sample of three categories of Omani youth including higher education students, job seekers and employees of different sectors.
The results revealed that 42% of the job seekers are willing to establish their own projects and business, while the number decreases among higher education students to 28%. The results also showed that Omani youth do not prefer working in the private sector and this is clearly visible among job seekers with only 4.5% of them willing to work in the private sector as compared to 32% of higher education students.
The survey included questions about the salary range earned by the youth working in different sectors.
The results revealed that the average salary received by the youth working in the private sector is about OMR 500 compared with about OMR 800 for those working in the government sector. The disparity is negligible for university qualification holders with the average salary received being about OMR 900 in both sectors.
With regard to job satisfaction, the results showed that 75% of employees are satisfied with their jobs.
Dissatisfaction was mainly among the employees in the private sector. In general, female employees are more satisfied in their jobs compared to male employees.
It was also noted that the factors that higher education students were looking for while choosing the job were primarily job stability and acquiring more skills and experience in time.
The study included samples of Omani youth aged between 18-29 years. The sample of higher education students included a total of 3,466 participants who participated thorough answering an online questionnaire. In addition to 3,000 job seekers and 1,000 employees who participated viaphone calls.
This was the second survey on ‘Omani youth orientations’;the first one was conducted in 2013 during the May-June period. Such surveys reflect the importance given to the youth, who are an important part of the country’s aim of sustainable development.