Oman bans expats in certain private higher education jobs

More than 40,000 Omanis have already benefited from the Omanization policies enforced by companies. (File/AFP)
Updated 31 December 2018
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Oman bans expats in certain private higher education jobs

  • These efforts were in line with Oman’s greater push to integrate more Omanis into the private sector
  • Expats however still make up 87 percent of Omani’s private sector workforce

DUBAI: Oman has banned the employment of non-Omanis to certain professions in the private higher education sector, local daily Times of Oman reported.

According to a decree released by the Ministry of Manpower, the job positions include director of admissions and registration department, director of student affairs, director of quality assurance and director of the career guidance department.

“The Omanization rate in technical colleges at the dean’s position is 100 per cent, administrative staff is at 98 per cent, technicians are at 57 per cent and academic cadres stand at 20 per cent, which the ministry seeks to increase by hiring more lecturers,” according to the ministry.

The ban comes after the labor ministry’s implementation of the “preparation program,” which assists Omani lecturers in improving their credentials for employment.

These efforts were in line with Oman’s greater push to integrate more Omanis into the private sector, which has achieved significant strides in the past months.

The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) recorded a 13.6 percent drop in the unemployment rate of Omanis over the last month, and noted that more than 40,000 Omanis have already benefited from the Omanization policies enforced by companies.

Expats however still make up 87 percent of Omani’s private sector workforce.


Twitter triples first-quarter profit to $191 million

Updated 23 April 2019
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Twitter triples first-quarter profit to $191 million

  • Profits in the first quarter hit $191 million, compared with $61 million a year earlier
  • The longstanding metric of monthly active users was 330 million in the January-March period

WASHINGTON: Twitter said Tuesday its profits tripled in the past quarter even as it ramped up efforts to root out abuse and misconduct on its short messaging platform.
Profits in the first quarter hit $191 million, compared with $61 million a year earlier, while revenues increased 18 percent to $787 million.
Twitter’s global user base appeared to show modest growth even as the company transitions to a different way of measuring it.
The longstanding metric of monthly active users was 330 million in the January-March period, an increase of nine million from the past quarter but down slightly from a year ago.
But Twitter no longer will use that measure, switching instead to “monetizable” daily active users — 134 million in the past quarter, up from 120 million last year.
Chief executive Jack Dorsey said Twitter is benefiting from its moves to root out abusive and inauthentic content that had hurt Twitter’s reputation.
“We are taking a more proactive approach to reducing abuse and its effects on Twitter,” said Dorsey.
“We are reducing the burden on victims and, where possible, taking action before abuse is reported.”
He added that Twitter aims to become “more conversational” and has launched a prototype for a new app called “twttr,” with the goal of “making conversation on Twitter feel faster, more fluid and more fun.”