Oman bans expat professionals from private education jobs

Published:  1 Jan at 6 PM
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A new government decree issued by Oman’s Ministry of Manpower is now banning expatriates from jobs in specific professions.

According to Omani minister Abdullah al Bakri, foreigners will no longer be able to accept positions in private higher education or private training schools. Positions now reserved for Omani citizens include director of student affairs, director of admissions, director of career guidance and director of quality assurance. Already approved employment permits for these and similar occupations will be honoured until contracts expire, after which permission will not be renewed. At the present time, Omanization rates in technical colleges for top positions is 100 per cent, with 98 per cent at admin staff level, 57 per cent at technical staff level and 20 per cent for the academic sector.

The ministry is now seeking more Omani nationals for academic positions. Some 387 Omani lecturers with masters’ degrees have been recently appointed, whilst a further 120 were sent overseas to get doctorates in order to allow them to work at various technical colleges in the emirate. In 2018, some 62,000 Omani job seekers found positions in the private sector, 22,000 of whom had recently graduated. In the private sector with its just over two million workers, some 87 per cent are expatriates with only 250,700 being Omani citizens. Even so, due to Omanization, the unemployment rate for locals between 25 and 29 years old has fallen by 13 per cent, with the rate for those between 30 and 34 years dropping by 11 per cent and the rate for older workers fell by 7 per cent.
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