Oman Expat Guide: Salary, Work Hours and Employee Benefits

Understanding the employment contract, salary, working hours, and other employee benefits is essential to every expat working in foreign countries. This is one you way can preserve your right as an employee and avoid future conflicts with regards to your employment in any foreign lands. As a matter of fact, there are important things you should know when it comes to employment in Oman.

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The basic rule in Oman’s Labour Law is that every private sector employee should have an employment contract wherein every provision such as the name of the parties involved, the term of the contract, job description, entitlements and other important matters is stated. Without this employment contract, an employee will not be able to defend himself against his employer in the future when employment problems arise.

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Salary, Working Hours, and Other Employee Benefits in Oman

To keep you guided with the standard provisions on salary, working hours, and other employee benefits in Oman, here’s a list we made for you.


  • There is no specific figure to define the salary of expatriates in Oman. It depends on what is specified in the contract so better watch out for this amount when signing your agreement with you employer.
  • The fundamental rule is that the salary should compose of the basic pay and allowances on top of it.
  • The salary should be deposited on the employee’s bank account on the due date or within 7 days before the due date.
  • No late salary will be tolerated by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Working Hours and Overtime

  • The standard working hours are 45 hours a week or 9 hours a day.
  • During Ramadan season, working hours are 30 hours a day or 6 hours a day for Muslims employees and if specified by the employer.
  • Employees who work on a shifting or rotational basis may not be entitled for the reduced number of hours during Ramadan. This should be agreed upon with both parties considering the provisions of MOM.
  • Employees should not be forced to render overtime at work. If the employee agreed to do so, he should be entitled to 1.25 to 2 times pay.

Other Employee Benefits

  • Employers should provide medical allowances or insurance to employees.
  • Employers should bear the travel and visa costs of the employees to get here to the country.
  • Employers should shoulder the repatriation costs of the employees once the contract has been terminated, unless the employee is transferred to another employer.

These are the basics of what you should know about the your employee privilege when working in Oman. If you observe something off that’s disobeying any of these provisions, feel free to communicate and report to the Ministry of Manpower.

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