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Omani expats facing uncertain future with dimming jobs market

It’s not getting easier for expats living in Oman, as they face layoffs following a decision to ban them from certain important job sectors.

A number of jobs will be restricted to Omanis starting from July 20 Government teams will follow up on the implementation of these decisions Between April and May this year, the expatriate population went down by another 18,000

It’s not getting easier for expats living in Oman, as they face layoffs following a decision to ban them from certain important job sectors.

A number of jobs will be restricted to Omanis starting from July 20, according to the Ministry of Labor which announced the implementation of two ministerial decisions (2021/8) and (2021/9) regarding restricting the practice of professions and activities to Omanis in private sector companies and establishments.

These jobs include:

* Financial and administrative professions in insurance companies and companies operating in insurance brokerage activities.

* Selling, accounting, money exchange, administration, and arranging goods in the shops operating in malls.

* Account auditing in automobile agencies.

* Selling new and used vehicles in car agencies and selling spare parts for new vehicles affiliated with cars agencies.

* Driving vehicles of all types, transporting fuel, agricultural, and food materials.

Government teams will follow up on the implementation of these decisions and “field visits will also be carried out at all these facilities to determine their readiness to implement the decisions,” the ministry added.

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Expats stats

As per the June monthly report of Oman’s NCSI (National Centre for Statistics and Information), the expatriate population currently stands at 1,739,401, less by almost 157,000 from last year.

Between April and May this year, the expatriate population went down by another 18,000.  

Expat worker numbers fell 23% as compared to last year. Among the expatriate workforce in Oman, Bangladeshis come first in numbers followed by Indians and Pakistanis.

The Omani government recently announced it will provide 32,000 jobs for Omanis during 2021. Among them 12,000 jobs were in the government’s civil and military establishments in accordance with the actual needs of different departments.

More than 1,000 jobs are available for Omanis in the government sector, the Ministry of Labour announced recently.

“Both male and female applicants can apply for the job vacancies and the registration will continue for eight days,” said the ministry statement.

The ministry said that the opportunities are available in different fields: administrative, financial, economic, press and media, literature, English language, human sciences, law, design, and engineering.