Companies that fail to comply with the mandatory percentage of employing Omani nationals will face punitive measures, a top official at the Ministry of Manpower told the Observer.
Despite repeated warnings, several companies have been found not adhering to the Omanisation policy: a
minimum of 10 per cent of jobs to citizens.
“This amounts to violation of the law and needs to be addressed with punitive measures,” said Mohammed
Ghalib Ali al Hinai, Adviser of Human Resource Planning at the Ministry of Manpower.
He said the ministry officials will carry out inspections in the companies to ascertain if they have complied with the national job policy.
“If any company is found to be in non-compliance with the law, the ministry will not provide them any service, including issuance of new work permits and renewal of work cards,” he said.
Last week, the ministry announced that it had taken action against 199 private sector companies for not employing Omani citizens despite the fact that a total of 16,544 nonOmanis had been working with
Although each company had more than 50 employees on their payrolls, not a single Omani national was employed by them.
Of the total companies booked by the ministry, 78 were in Dhofar. These companies collectively employed 2,360
While only 21 companies face action in Muscat, the workers in these firms totalled a mammoth 6,918, the highest for any governorate.
Al Sharqiyah North had 27 companies employing 797 workers. The number stood at 25 at Al Sharqiyah South, employing 886 workers. Batinah North and South had 18 and 12 companies respectively.
Al Hinai said the violation had been committed despite repeated warnings by the ministry.
“These companies will no longer get any service from the ministry,” said Al Hinai. “The ministry will not look into expatriate manpower and recruitment applications for the private sector institutions and facilities if the Omanisation plan is not submitted before the deadline every year,” he added.