Factors Influencing Academic Staff Job Satisfaction of Higher Education in the Sultanate of Oman

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Higher educationis one of the prioritized sectors in all developed countries around the world. The quality and achievement for Higher Education Institutions is one of the major concerns of Ministry of Higher Education and Oman’s 2020 vision to provide the best education to all citizensof the country. Academic staffs are considered to be one of the main contributors to achieve Oman’s 2020 vision and hence, this research focuses on identifying the factors that influences job satisfaction of academic staff in a public university in Oman. The research methods consist of a wide literature review to identify the most common factors towards academic staff job satisfaction followed by interview and a set of questionnaire surveys was carried out in a College of Science at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) as a study sample. Through correlation and regression analysis, the results and findings of this research show a positive correlation between remuneration and development, management support, factors related to students, colleagues, workload and status of the job as independent variables against the overall job satisfaction as a dependent variable. However, remuneration and development and factors related to students had a higher contribution towards academic staff overall job satisfaction. A major recommendation was that, revisiting the promotion policies, a fair distribution of workload and encouragement towards research productivity and expand on the relationship of top, mid management and Head of Departments (HOD’s) with academics staff specifically lecturers who are still new in their careers.
academic staff, job satisfaction, higher education, Sultanate of Oman