Navan bin Ahmed Al Batashi, chairman of DFOW’s board of directors, said about 24 percent of the country’s socially insured Omanis earn between 325 and 400 Omani riyals. Also about half of the insured Omani is less than 500 Omani Rials.
According to the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the average monthly expenditure of an Omani household is about 758 Omani riyals. This situation requires urgent intervention and the government must find the right way to increase wages for the national workforce. This will ensure that the worker and his family can lead a normal life.
Al-Batashi added that the country needs to ensure positive economic growth by reducing taxes and subsidies on certain products, not raising prices on products, and reducing inflation. Therefore, the government has to find a way to increase the social security of the workers of the country by increasing the minimum wage.
The Chairman noted that the review of the minimum wage in Oman must take into account the advice of stakeholders. The International Labor Organization Convention also needs to adopt a minimum wage policy, adopt a policy of consultation with stakeholders and amend the minimum