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Ministry of Manpower Decree: Which professions are affected?

Atheer – External Sources

His Excellency Abdullah Nasser Al Bakri has issued Ministerial Decree (38/2018) temporarily suspending the authorisation to recruit non-Omani manpower in a number of professions.

The decree was based on the Labour Law as promulgated by Royal Decree No. (35/2003) and Royal Decree No. (76/2004).

Article (1) of the new decree stipulates the temporary suspension of work permits for non-Omanis in private sector establishments for the professions specified below, for a period of six months. Work permits issued before this date will remain valid until their date of validity.

Article (2) states that the decree shall not apply to establishments owned by full-time employers, those registered with the General Authority for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises and those insured by the General Authority for Social Insurance.

The full list of professions is as follows:

Information and Technology

– Information security specialist

– Geographic information system specialist

– Electronic computer network specialist

– Programmed machines maintenance – Electronic

– Electronic calculator maintenance

– Graphic designer

– Electronic surveillance – equipment assembly

– Electronics technician – Telecom

– Electronics technician – control instrument

– Electronic technician – medical equipment

– Electronics technician broadcast

– Electronic technician – programmed machines

– Electronic technician – computer networks

– Computer programmer

– Computer engineer

– Computer operator

Accounting and Finance

– Bank note and money changer

– Bank notes technician

– Account auditing technician

– General accounting technician

– Cost account technician

– Costs accountant

– Insurance collector

Marketing and Sales

– Sales specialist

– Storekeeper

– Commercial agent

– Commercial manager

– Procurement logistics specialist

Administration and Human Resources

– Business administration specialist

– Public relation specialist

– Human resources specialist

– Administrative director


– Insurance agent general

– Real estate insurance agent

– Cargo insurance agent

– Life insurance agent

– Vehicle insurance agent

– Factory insurance agent

Information/Media Professions

– Media specialist

– Page maker

– Paper pulp machine operator

– Bookbinding machine operator

– Decorative books operator 

– Calendar operator

– Paper dyeing machine operator

– Bill printing machine operator

– Cylinder press operator

– Rotating press operator

– Offset printing machine operator

– Color press operator

– Palnographic press operator

– Paper folder machine operator

– Paper coating machine operator

– Advertising agent

Medical Professions

– Male nurse

– Pharmacist assistant

– Medical coordinator

Airport Professions

– Aviation guiding officer

– Ground steward

– Ticket controller

– Airplane takeoff supervisor

– Air traffic controller

– Aircraft landing supervisor

– Passenger transport supervisor

– Landing guide

Engineering Professions

– Architect

– General survey engineer

– Civil engineer

– Electronic engineer

– Electronics engineer

– Mechanical engineer

– Project engineer

Technical Professions

– Building technician/building controller

– Electronic technician

– Road technician/road controller

– Mechanical technician

– Soil Mechanics laboratory technician

– Steam Turbine technician

– Construction materials lab technician

– Gas network extension technician

– Construction technician

– Transformer technician

– Station technician

– Electrical technician

– Heat operations technician

– Maintenance technician

– Chemical technician

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