Oman extends deadline to change work status of expat staff

Muscat: The Ministry of Labour on Wednesday announced that it has extended the grace period granted to employers of expatriate workers who still occupy positions that have been set for Omanisation to January 26.

The decision allows non-Omani workers to shift to other non-Omanised jobs in accordance with terms set for the occupation of such jobs. It also covers amending ‘suspended’ jobs to other jobs and allows the amendment of jobs of different occupational grades in accordance with terms set for employment.

Other aspects include amending and transferring data of non-Omani manpower from one activity to another in the same establishment in line with terms governing employment licenses.

The announcement also covers the amendment of salaries of non-Omani manpower in accordance with the signed contract, with provision for the transfer of services of non-Omani workers from one employer to another as per the terms.

The announcement, among other amendments, also permits the employer to apply for a license for recruitment of non-Omani workers, from inside the Sultanate, within the slot of ‘suspended’ activities, provided the terms are met.


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