An updated employment contract form by the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) will also gather insurance details of new Omani recruits for the Public Authority for Social Insurance (PASI). The details will be on MoM's database for PASI to access once this form comes into use from September 1.
“Now, the employer will not have to frequent the PASI office to register an Omani employee for social insurance. It can be done through MoM's employment contract form and the data can be accessed online by PASI. Private companies in the sultanate hiring Omani employees are required to register with PASI so that the employee can enjoy social service benefits,” Asila Mohammed al Kalbany, director of MoM's Information Systems and Internet Application Department, told Muscat Daily.
She said, “Simplifying all complex processes is one of MoM's aims. By introducing certain details related to the social insurance scheme in the employment contract form, we have made the job of the employer easier. He will not have to fill separate forms and visit two offices.”
Asila added that this facility is part of MoM's eGovernment initiative.
Under the insurance scheme, private firms too are required to make monthly contributions towards the PASI fund, while the remaining amount is contributed by the government and the employee himself.
At the end of their service, Omani employees receive social service benefits based on their last drawn aggregate basic salary.
Asila said that insurance scheme details of government employees are taken care of by the Ministry of Civil Service's Pension Fund, while the Ministry of Defence covers ROP and defence employees.
Also from September 1, employers will be able to inform MoM directly about any staff resignations online. Earlier, this information had to be manually submitted first to PASI by downloading and filling out a special form on its website. PASI would then inform MoM about the resignation.
“With this new facility, an employer can intimate MoM directly online and the information will be automatically generated to PASI,” Asila said.