Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Labor Law Update: Omanisation Percentages Announced

Earlier this month the Ministry of Manpower issued a Ministerial Decision increasing Omanisation levels for a number of fields for the 2009-2010 period.

The Omanisation target for the engineering sector is set at 50%, with targets of 70% for technicians and 80% in the category of skilled workers.

In the oil and gas sector, the Omanisation level will remain at 90% for production and operation companies in 2010 and 82% for direct service companies.

For the accounting field, the Omanisation target in 2010 will be 29% for managers, 55% for specialists, and 66% for technicians. For clerical positions the Omanisation level is 100%.

In the industrial sector, the Omanisation target is set at 35%. For banking, the new target is 90%, and for financing and insurance the new targets are set at 45%.

The Ministerial Decision included an August 15 deadline for private companies to submit proposals on how they will achieve the new targets.

In practice, companies seeking to obtain residence and employment visas for foreign employees may have difficulty obtaining Ministry approval if the company is not achieving the Omanisation targets. In addition, the Ministry may impose certain penalties.