Oman cracks down on 'disparate' public sector employee perks

Published April 27th, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
The disparity in bonuses and benefits being paid to various employees, created discrimination and dissatisfaction among employees. (File photo)
The disparity in bonuses and benefits being paid to various employees, created discrimination and dissatisfaction among employees. (File photo)

Oman’s Ministry of Finance has ordered all public institutions to halt all privileges granted to public employees outside the framework of the salary payroll, according to a circular issued by the ministry.

The action was taken to cut spending and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government bodies amid the oil price slump, authorities said.

The circular also said a wide disparity had been discovered in bonuses and benefits being paid to various employees, which created discrimination and dissatisfaction among employees in those agencies.

The Ministry of Finance said bonuses and privileges were not “basic rights” of the job and were outside the framework of public expenditure.

It also said privileges and bonuses have financial burdens on the government bodies’ budgets.


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