‘Firms in Oman should hire and train cit­i­zens’

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

“We em­pha­sise that the de­ci­sion will not af­fect any worker, as long as the in­sti­tu­tion is se­ri­ous about cor­rect­ing its sit­u­a­tion and is work­ing in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the Labour Law,” he ex­plained.

The of­fi­cial ex­plained that more ran­dom in­spec­tions will be con­ducted at com­pa­nies to make sure they are com­ply­ing with the Oman­i­sa­tion rules.

Many in the Sul­tanate have called upon firms to be proac­tive in meet­ing the Oman­i­sa­tion re­quire­ments af­ter 161 com­pa­nies got pe­nalised over the same.

Alkesh Joshi, part­ner at Ernst and Young, said that com­pa­nies should meet the Oman­i­sa­tion tar­gets head on.

Per­ti­nent skills

“We should en­cour­age com­pa­nies to achieve the Oman­i­sa­tion tar­gets, num­bers wise, and qual­i­ta­tively as well. They should tap into the mar­ket and find Oma­nis with per­ti­nent skills. But if they don’t find the right peo­ple, they should em­ploy Oma­nis and train them, so that they will meet the re­quire­ments and cre­ate skilled labour at the same time,” he said.

Make a plan

“Com­pa­nies should start strate­gis­ing and have a plan for re­cruit­ing enough Oma­nis. Oth­er­wise, it’ll end up be­ing an ex­er­cise to just hire an enough num­ber of Oma­nis. One should em­pha­sise on qual­ity as well,” Joshi added.

In mid-Fe­bru­ary, the min­istry had re­vealed that it had taken ac­tion against 199 es­tab­lish­ments em­ploy­ing 16,544 peo­ple for not hir­ing Omani na­tion­als.

Labour Code

Ac­cord­ing to Ar­ti­cle 114 of the Labour Code, any em­ployer who does not com­ply with the pre­scribed Oman­i­sa­tion rates shall be pun­ished by a fine not less than OMR250 and not more than OMR500 for each Omani worker who is re­quired to be ap­pointed.

The em­ployer shall cor­rect the per­cent­age of Oman­i­sa­tion within six months from the date of dis­cov­ery of the vi­o­la­tion, and dou­ble the penalty if the vi­o­la­tion is re­peated.

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