A temporary ban on the hiring of expats in Oman has been extended to cover engineering as the Sultanate continues its drive to promote homegrown talent.
In a Times of Oman report, the Ministry of Manpower confirmed that restrictions shall continue for an additional six months as of the first week of August.
The expat ban was extended in July, and covers the fields of IT, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, management and human resources, insurance, media, medical, airports, engineering, as well as roles that involve technicians.
In March this year the ministry unveiled plans to establish a National Centre for Employment by early 2020, a facility that will connect qualified Omanis with job opportunities.
A ministry statement said: “The period of the ban on permits to bring temporary expatriate manpower into private sector establishments for the professions specified in Ministerial Decision No. 73/2019, shall continue for a period of six months from August 5, 2019.”
The ban first came into effect in January 2018 as a way to address local unemployment rates under the Omanisation policy framework.
The Oman government estimates that around 55,000 expats have been released by their employers since the campaign was launched.
Oman has also moved towards a self-sufficient economy, with imports decreasing 9.1% between February 2018 and January 2019.