Oman imposes 6-month ban on hiring expatriates

Oman has imposed a six-month ban on hiring foreigners seeking work in 10 different industries, including media, information technology, marketing, insurance and aviation.

The new ban, which is set to be implemented immediately, aims to increase the employment rate among nationals.

The hiring freeze “would help companies to create vacancies for Omanis who are looking for jobs”, said minister Abdullah Al Bakri.

The ban, which affects 87 different job types, follows large demonstrations last week in which unemployed youths called for greater employment opportunities.

According to the Ministry of Manpower, there were nearly 60,000 unemployed university graduates in 2017.

In October last year, the Omani government said that in December it would begin efforts to create 25,000 new jobs in an effort to reduce high unemployment. Last year the country saw its worst job crisis in 40 years.


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