Expat workers still banned in Oman
Oman has extended a ban on employing expatriate construction workers and housekeeping staff in the sultanate's private sector by another six months, a report said.
The six-month ban was due to expire on May 1, the Times of Oman report said.
The report quoted a source at the Ministry of Manpower as saying the ban has been extended after reviewing the needs of the expat labour market.
Exceptions to ban will include first grade consultancy establishments, as well as companies working on government projects, companies that are managed full time by their Omani owners, who are registered with the Public Authority for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (PADSME) and insured with the Public Authority for Social Insurance (PASI).
The ministry brought in the ban after discovering a rising number of cases in which owners of small enterprises left their businesses to be managed by expats. The extension is likely to continue to hit those companies hard.
The Ministry of Manpower earlier announced that from March 2014, it would not entertain any transaction of any enterprise in the private sector that does not have Omani employees.
From May 1, it will become applicable in case of companies registered in the second grade and the third and fourth grade companies from June 1.