Oman bans ex-pat workers from 10 economic sectors.

In a bid to get more Omanis into the Labour Force Oman's Ministry of Manpower has taken the unusual step of banning the recruitment of foreign workers in 10 sectors for six months.

The drive is intended to encourage the recruitment of Omanis in the private sector following a recent government pledge to create 25,000 jobs in six months.

The move came after hundreds of unemployed people demonstrated outside the Ministry of Manpower in Muscat and a similar protest was held in Salalah, according to Reuters News Agency.

The ministerial decree applies to private sector companies in the "information systems, sales, marketing and management sectors, human resources, insurance, information, medical professions, airports, engineering and technical professions", according to Oman News Agency.

It will not affect work permits issued before the ban or establishments registered with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development and insured with the Public Authority for Social Insurance. The ban will take effect from the day of the decree's publication in the official gazette.

"It is a way to make companies put in more effort into looking for Omani professionals as sometimes companies don't do enough to...

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