Oman Bars Expatriates From Certain Jobs Due To Economic Instability  

Oman Bars Expatriates From Certain Jobs Due To Economic Instability  


Oman recently announced its plans to bar expatriates from certain sections of jobs for more employment opportunities for its citizens in the middle of economic meltdown.


Expats in the Sultanate of Oman make up 40 per cent of the population of 4.5 million. Though Oman depends on cheap labour from other countries, the economic slump and falling oil revenues have forced the hands of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to increase efforts to create jobs for nationals.    


A Tweet sent out by the Omani labour ministry said that several jobs in the private sector will be nationalised and that the work permits of foreigners in those jobs will not be renewed after their expiry date.


The jobs limited to Omanis include insurance companies, shops and car dealerships, including finance, commercial and administrative positions and Work as a driver, "no matter what the vehicle".


In April last year, Oman had ordered the state-owned companies to quickly replace foreign staff with nationals, especially in senior positions. The ministry had said that many expatriates were holding managerial posts in state-run firms.


Most GCC countries like Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain have tried to diversify their economies and include new graduates into organisations and have also brought in legislation to enable nationals getting preference over expatriates in both the public and private sectors. 


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