Muscat: In four decades (1979-2018), the number of people employed in the government sector rose by more than 800 per cent.
Almost 250,000 people were hired in the public sector in the Sultanate.
The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) released data that revealed that 28,681 people were working in the government sector in 1971, while
231,593 were working in Oman's government sector in 2018, which is an increase of 807 per cent.
In addition, the number of people working in the government's private sector tripled, rising from 547,741 in 1998 to 1,687,285 people in 2018.
The increase in numbers is a result of Oman's expansion plans and infrastructure, social and economic development projects.
According to NCSI data, around 60 per cent of the government workforce consisted of expats.
While in 2018, the government sector employed 84.5 per cent Omanis, while the private sector was at 14.9 per cent.