Oman extends hiring ban for OFWs, expats in several sectors

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) aspiring to work in Oman will still have to wait until the end of the year after the Arab country extended it is moratorium in accepting migrant workers for certain sectors.


Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Muscat, Philippine Overseas Administrator Benard P. Olalia said the Omani government decided to extend the hiring ban for select foreign workers by another six months.

“The extension of the hiring ban will commence 30 July 2018,” Olalia said in POEA’s advisory No. 37, series of 2018.

Olalia, however, clarified the ban will not cover OFWs, who are already in Oman.

“The temporary ban does not include renewal of employment visas for existing workers,” Olalia said.

Oman is among the top 10 destinations for OFWs abroad. In 2016 it drew 27,579 OFWs, and 21,428 in 2015.

The number of deployment in Oman is expected to decline this year due to the prevailing moratorium.

This was already apparent in the decline of OFW cash remittances from the Arab country, which fell by 42.8 percent to $68 million for the first four months of the year from $118 million in the same period in 2017.

The Omani first implemented the hiring ban on January 24, 2018, and was supposed to end this month. The measure aims to increase the number of locals in the Omani workforce.

The moratorium covers 87 professions in the following employment sectors: information and technology; accounting and finance; marketing and sales; administrative and human resources; insurance; information/media professions; medical professions; airport professions; engineer professions; and technical professions.

Affected jobs and sectors are as follows:


Information and Technology

1.Information Security Specialist

2.Geographic Information System Specialist

3.Electronic Computer Networks

4.Programmed Machines Maintenance – Electronic

5.Electronic Calculator Maintenance

6.Graphic Designer

7.Electronic Surveillance – Equipment Assembly

8.Electronics Technician – Telecom

9.Electronics Technician – Control Instrument

10.Electronic Technician – Medical Equipment

11.Electronics Technician Broadcast

12.Electronic Technician – Programmed Machines

13.Electronic Technician – Computer Networks

14.Computer Programmer

15.Computer Engineer

16.Computer operator


Accounting and Finance

1.Bank Notes and Money changer

2. Bank notes technician

3. Account Auditing technician

4.General accounting technician

5.Cost account technician

6.Costs accountant

7.Insurance collector


Marketing and Sales

1.Sales specialist


3.Commercial agent

4.Commercial manager

5.Procurement logistics specialist


Administration and Human Resources

1.Business Administration Specialist

2.Public Relation Specialist

3.Human Resources Specialist

4.Administrative Director



1.Insurance Agent General

2.Real Estate Insurance Agent

3.Cargo Insurance Agent

4.Life Insurance Agent

5.Vehicle Insurance Agent

6.Factory Insurance Agent


Information/Media Professions

1. Media Specialist

2. Page Maker

3. Paper Pulp Machine Operator

4. Bookbinding Machine Operator

5. Decorative Books Operator of

6. Calendar Operator

7. Paper Dyeing Machine Operators

8. Bill Printing Machine Operator

9. Cylinder Press Operator

10. Rotating Press Operator

11. Offset Printing Machine Operator

12. Color Press Operator

13. Palnographic Press Operator

14. Paper Folder Machine Operator

15. Paper Coating Machine Operator

16. Advertising Agent

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