How to Search for Jobs in Oman in 2019

Omanization of jobs in Oman in 2019

Are you looking for a job in Oman?

Well, finding jobs in Oman is not that easy anymore. Of course, that does not apply to Omani nationals. Omanization has made it very difficult for companies to hire expats across several sectors. Furthermore, more jobs in Oman will soon be available to Omanis only.

A List of Jobs in Oman for Omanis Only

In late 2017, Ministry of Manpower in Oman banned expat visa for the following jobs in Oman:


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More jobs to be Omanized, eventually!

According to officials and parliament members there will be righter constraints on expat visa moving forward. In fact, despite several measures the public’s demand to absorb Omanis are on the rise. As a matter of fact, even companies complying with Omanization ratios are asked to hire more Omanis.

These people will find it difficult to find employment in Oman in the near future

Expats in general will have to present strong reasons for being chosen over Omanis. Obviously, certain professions are easy to justify. Labor-intense jobs with moderate pay cannot be filled by Omanis. That is why the construction sector in Oman is always under Omanized.

On the other hand, highly technical jobs and jobs require specific skills are open to expats. Such jobs include: operators, technicians, mechanics and other similar jobs . Similarly, expats occupying high-end jobs such as doctors, college professors and industrial experts will probably be in demand for decades.

We recently got a call from an expat looking for a job for his daughter. We simply told him it was next to impossible for him to succeed because:

  • She was an expat, obviously
  • Fresh graduate with no experience
  • Has a degree in business administration (just as many Omani nationals)
  • Being a female expat is make it more difficult to get a work visa

Other factors to consider when searching jobs in Oman

Companies have become very selective in their hiring. This is mainly due to the decline in oil revenues since 2015. They are more rational when it comes to salaries. No more generous allowances. Instead, companies offer a full package. This might not be attractive to those who are new to the region.

Also read Jobs in Oman in 2019


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