Expat Jobs News

Latest 10 news items tagged Jobs

6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Omanization bites as expats leave, but Golden Visa scheme unlikely to succeed

The introduction of Oman’s visa ban and its recent extensions seems to have encouraged unemployed locals to get jobs, but Oman‘s new Golden Visa scheme doesn’t allow expat citizenship. The aim of the expat visa ban was to vastly increase available jobs for Omanis as the emirate’s unemployment figures were at an all-time high. Since the visa changes were announced, the expat labour force has shrunk by four per cent, with the majority of drops seen in the financial, engineering, manufacturing, industrial and construction...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Finding accommodation in Kuwait is a nightmare for single expats

Relocating as an expat worker to a land with a totally different culture is never easy, but Kuwait’s rulings for singles accommodation can make the experience a nightmare. Finding rentals in Kuwait isn’t easy for married couples and those arriving with their families, but for single expats it can be almost impossible to find a suitable home from home. Basically, there are laws which prevent single men from living in apartment blocks intended for families, but recently single female expats are also being refused rental...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Saudi confused by so-called fake news

Business owners, real estate owners and expats in general are getting mixed messages about changes to the Saudi labour system. Several days ago, the kingdom’s newly appointed minister for labour and social development promised good news intended to ease the concerns of home owners, businessmen and expatriates living and working in Saudi Arabia. Subsequent leaks gave details of the upcoming announcements, including a cap on worker fees at SR400 monthly and the cancellation of the dependent fees due to increase annually for the next...
3 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Gulf States infrastructure suffering from lack of expat expertise

Recent articles in the GCC Arab media suggest a reaction against getting rid of expatriate talent in the region. In spite of the various Omanization, Kuwatization, Saudization and other such programmes intended to rid the emirates of expatriates and give their jobs to locals, it seems an increasing number of nationals believe government, institutional and other performances are in decline as a result. Arab newspapers are full of tales of woe and scandals related to the programmes, and infrastructure is failing across the region due to...
27 Nov at 6 PM 2018

UAE long-stay expats to get defined contribution pensions

The UAE’s end of service benefit is a useful and welcome lump-sum bonus for expats who’ve worked in the emirates for a while, but is it enough? Expats in the UAE are entitled to this gratuity once they’ve worked for a company for one year, and those working in the same job for more than five years receive an amount increased to 21 days’ pay based on the final salary. Thus, the amount received depends on the actual duration of employment. In contrast, emirati employees leaving their jobs are paid in a different manner as...
27 Nov at 6 PM 2018

EU expat professionals desert NHS and universities in droves

Public bodies, universities and NHS hospitals were the focus of research into the Brexit effect on UK public services. Campaign group Best for Britain’s extensive research into the numbers of EU expat professionals quitting the UK in fear of Brexit shows public services are under extreme pressure due to the impending EU/UK divorce. Various public bodies, 82 hospital trusts and 116 British universities received freedom of information requests, with replies showing clearly the devastating effect of the 2016 referendum on education,...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2018

New UAE long-stay visas fall flat due to excessive financial requirements

As details emerge about the UAE’s long-term expat visa scheme, it seems only the very wealthy will benefit. Foreign residents in the UAE hoping to be included in the UAE’s much-vaunted long-term visa scheme are likely to be disappointed as the five and 10-year residency permits are to be limited to wealthy investors, entrepreneurs, researchers and those with specified talents. Expatriates comprise 90 per cent of the UAE’s total population, with the scheme originally intended to give expats in general a stake in the country’s...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expats banned from owning Oman property and land

In a royal decree issued by Oman’s Sultan, expat ownership of real estate and land in several areas has been banned. Regions where the ban will apply include Dhofar, in which Salalah, Buraimi, Al Wusta and Musandam are exceptions. Also banned are properties and land in Shinas, Liwa, Jabal Shams, Masirah and Jabal al Akhdar. Expats in Oman are also prohibited from owning land located on islands, near palaces or military compounds, and are banned from owning historic houses and archaeological sites. The ban will also apply to Omanis...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Life gets tougher for expatriate professionals in Dubai

The recent and continuing expatriate exodus is hitting Dubai where it hurts – in the pocket. Once top of the expat wish list for huge tax-free salaries, a glittering lifestyle and every possible amenity, Dubai isn’t what it used to be. The famed city in the desert is fading fast as the expatriate exodus expands, although its massive retail and commercial construction projects continue apace. No-one in charge is asking who’s going to buy the executive mansions or lease the acres of retail and office spaces as expats and their...
19 Nov at 9 AM 2018

Spain to urge expat professionals to repatriate

The Spanish government is working to persuade its nationals who left during the economic crisis to return and take up skilled jobs in their home country. Spain’s recession began during the fallout from the 2008 global financial meltdown, with skilled professionals in the fields of medicine, science and other professions jumping ship and finding work all over the world. Now that the Spanish economy is in full recovery mode, its government is hatching a plan to attract highly-skilled deserters back home. In a recent news...