AGENCIES, Muscat: For the past couple of years Sultanate of Oman has been focusing on creating jobs for local Omanis. Initially, most Omani graduates preferred jobs in government sector. After thus phase, the private was encouraged to accept more Omanis which meant some expat jobs were sacrificed.
Now comes the crunch: The government now wants all public sector companies to be manned by Omanis and has given a time line until July 2021 to accomplish this.
The finance ministry said large numbers of expatriates still occupied managerial posts in state-run firms. Foreigners make up more than 40 per cent of Oman’s population of 4.6 million, and around 25 million foreigners, mostly Asians, live and work in the Gulf. Indians form a substantial chunk of the expat population.
The directive was part of Circular No. 14 for the year 2020, as reported by Times of Oman, and is part of the Omanisation policy. The order for Omanisation of government sectors will be included in the 2021 budget plan, which government entities need to submit by July 2020. The circular has also said that the replacement of expats with Omanis will need to be done in a speedy and organised manner.
In 2020, the travel and tourism sector will need to meet an Omanisation level of 44.1 per cent, the logistics sector 20 per cent, and the industrial sector 35 per cent.
Faced with an economic slump and a sharp drop in oil revenues, Oman and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have been trying hard to create jobs for their own citizens.