Error message

  • Warning: mysqli_connect(): php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in include() (line 276 of /var/www/www.monocodebase.com/htdocs/sites/default/settings/www.constructionweekonline.com.settings.php).
  • Warning: mysqli_connect(): (HY000/2002): php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in include() (line 276 of /var/www/www.monocodebase.com/htdocs/sites/default/settings/www.constructionweekonline.com.settings.php).
  • Warning: mysqli_close() expects parameter 1 to be mysqli, boolean given in include() (line 300 of /var/www/www.monocodebase.com/htdocs/sites/default/settings/www.constructionweekonline.com.settings.php).

Oman contractors hit by nationalisation targets

High Omanisation targets are challenging contracting firms, who find it difficult to hire Omani nationals to fulfill the 30% target set by the government

Nationalisation targets are hurting Omani contractors. [Representational image]
Nationalisation targets are hurting Omani contractors. [Representational image]

Oman’s construction sector faces recruiting problem because nationalisation targets are higher, according to GulfTalent, a job site for professionals in the Middle East and Gulf region.

The main stumbling block is that the nationals have ‘inaccurate’ image of the construction sector.

As per Omanisation targets, 30% of a firm's workers should be nationals.

“To get nationals in this field is difficult because of the unavailability of nationals in the sector,” a contractor, who wished to remain unnamed, told Times of Oman.

According to him, it is difficult to obtain visa clearances for an expatriate for private construction jobs.

The government provides clearance only if it is a government project.

He added that some nationals available in the construction sector are interested to work only in certain categories.

“If we get a national to work, he works at most for six months and then leaves the job. They are not ready to work for long period,” said the contractor.

 Mohammad Kabir Ahmed, Managing Director of United Dreams, said: “Our new rule is not allowing recruiting more workers from a country.

"For example, in earlier times we could recruit as many workers from Bangladesh as we liked. But now only 10% is allowed. 

“To get Omani workers in this sector is harder,” he added.

The Omanisation process in most firms in the sector is not complete, and the 30% quota of Omani workers remains unfilled, the report added.  

Most popular

Awards

CW Oman Awards 2020: Meet the winners
A round of the thirteen winning names at the Construction Week Oman Awards 2020 that

Conferences

Leaders UAE 2020: Building a sustainable, 'resilient' infra
AESG’s Phillipa Grant, Burohappold’s Farah Naz, and Samana's Imran Farooq on a sustainable built environment
CW In Focus | Inside the Leaders in KSA Awards 2019 in Riyadh
Meet the winners in all 10 categories and learn more about Vision 2030 in this

Latest Issue

Construction Week - Issue 767
Sep 01, 2020