Training needed to redesign job market

Updated 25 January 2013
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Training needed to redesign job market

DAVOS: Economists and officials say a host of new training programs are needed to rebuild the job market after technological gains and the financial crisis wiped out millions of middle-class jobs over the past five years.
IMF Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu said governments aren’t paying enough attention to training amid a widespread push for austerity.
Eric Cantor, a Republican Congressman from Virginia, says training is needed to give workers the tools they need for the “new labor force.”
They spoke at an Associated Press debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Italian Finance Minister Vittorio Grilli, also at the debate, warned that shrinking birth rates are making economic prospects even worse: “To get people employed you need young people to be born.”


Omani expat visa ban extended for certain professions

Updated 28 May 2018
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Omani expat visa ban extended for certain professions

DUBAI: Oman’s expat visa ban is being extended for six months and extra sectors have been introduced, national daily Times of Oman reported, citing the Ministry of Manpower.
The additional areas of work being placed on the ban include carpentry, metal, aluminum workshops, brick factories.
Professions already in the ban include sales, construction, cleaning and media.
“An update will be issued regarding this decision once the six-month period temporary ban is completed,” an official from the Ministry of Manpower said.
The Omanization drive is part of a government’s push to recruit more Omani nationals, a similar push is underway across the GCC where countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have also been trying to increase the number of locals in employment.
Earlier this year a six-month visa ban on hiring expats was imposed across 87 industries, including media, engineering, marketing and sales, accounting and finance, IT, insurance, technicians, administration and HR.