By Gavin Gibbon
Expats will be allowed to work in construction and brick factories, provided strict criteria is met
Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has relaxed strict nationalisation laws to allow expatriate workers to be hired for select roles.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, Minister of Manpower issued a decree regulating the recruitment of expat workers for the construction sector and those working in brick factories.
It applies to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who are full-time employers and are registered with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development and insured with the Public Authority for Social Insurance.
However, establishments managing government projects, excellent grade companies and firms that employ 100 or more workers, are excluded from the decision.
In order to take advantage of the new ruling, companies must submit relevant documents through the electronic licensing scheme.
These include: a copy of the municipal license and lease agreement; copy of the agreement to implement construction work provided that it includes the duration, work to be executed, and the value (all in Arabic); and a copy of the project implementation order if the agreement is related to the implementation of a government project.
Employers must also be committed to the Omanisation percentages established in the facility.