Oman lifts employment restrictions for expats over 60 years of age

Muscat: The Sultanate of Oman has lifted the ban on renewing or employing non-Omanis over the age of 60 years in the private sector, Oman’s Minister of Labour, Dr Mahad Baawain, said over the weekend.

“As a company, if you have achieved the current Omanisation rates, and the job is not limited to Omanis or there is no room for an Omani to take it, why should I come between the employer and the employee? If he wants to renew (the employee’s contract) at the age of 60, 62, 65, this is his prerogative,” Baawain said in a talk show to Oman State TV over the weekend.

He stressed that this decision would not deprive Omanis of getting jobs in the sector and said that 400-500 Omanis who retired from the government sector got jobs in the private sector.

Last week, a copy of an internal memo by the Minister of Labour, abolishing the provision decision preventing the private sector from renewing and employing non-Omanis over 60, went viral.

Taking part in “The Youth Dialogue” talk show, the Minister said that the number of expatriates over 60 in Oman’s job market is between 20k- 25k, adding that allowing them to continue working in Oman gives them enough peace of mind to be motivated to transfer their skills to the Omanis.

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