Ban on expat recruitment: Are you affected?

Muscat: Recruitment of expatriates in select professions was introduced a few years ago to regulate the Omani labour market and encourage more job opportunities for citizens.

On Sunday extending this ban, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, Minister of Manpower, issued three decisions (487, 488, 489 /2018) to regulate recruitment of expatriates.

The decision 487/ 2018 is based on the Labor Law promulgated by Royal Decree No 35/2003 and Ministerial Decision 2013/608 on the temporarily suspension of the recruitment of expatriate in some professions.

The Article 1 stipulates ban on the recruitment of expatriates for another six months in following professions that include sales, marketing and purchase representatives.

Article 2 states that this decision applies to all private sector establishments.

Decision 488/2018 stipulates ban on the recruitment of expatriates for another six months from December 2 in some professions based on the Ministerial Decree No. 2014/338.

These professions are construction and cleaning work.

This decision does not apply to establishments registered in the excellence category, companies working on government projects, and companies registered as small and medium enterprises.

The third resolution temporarily bans recruitment of non-Omani manpower in some activities that include carpenters, blacksmiths and brick kiln workers from January 2. 2019.

 

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