Oman’s health ministry to replace expats in 19 job positions

19 job positions were announced by the ministry where Omanis can apply for until early January. (File/AFP)
Updated 28 December 2018

Oman’s health ministry to replace expats in 19 job positions

  • Oman previously stopped companies from hiring expats to jobs across 87 sectors
  • These steps taken by the government are part of the Omanization drive to recruit more of its citizens in its workforce

DUBAI: Oman’s Ministry of Health announced plans to replace expats in 19 job positions, integrating more Omanis in its workforce, national daily Times of Oman reported.
Among the jobs included in the plan are mental health technician, nutritional technician, psychotherapy technician, medical physicist, echocardiography technician, cardiologist technician, heart catheter technician, sleep disorders technician, and sterilization technician.
The ministry specified several locations where the jobs will be available for Omanis, including Nizwa, Khoula, Ibri, Nahda, Musandam, and Royal Hospital.
Interested locals are given until January 10, 2019 to submit their applications to the ministry, whose 82 percent of recruits in the first half of 2018 were locals.
Oman previously stopped companies from hiring expats to jobs across 87 sectors, which include information systems, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, administration, human resources and insurance.
These steps taken by the government are part of the Omanization drive to recruit more of its citizens in private companies, a similar push is underway across the GCC where countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have also been trying to increase the number of nationals in private sector employment.


Pound drops as Johnson faces battle to pass Brexit bill

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Pound drops as Johnson faces battle to pass Brexit bill

  • The pound rallied almost to $1.30 on Thursday following news that negotiators had hammered out an agreement
  • However, joy was soon tempered by the realization that the British prime minister faces an uphill task in getting the deal past lawmakers

Sterling fell Friday as investors fret over Boris Johnson’s chances of pushing his Brexit deal through parliament, while Asian markets were mostly down after data showed China’s economy expanded at its slowest pace in nearly three decades.
The pound rallied almost to $1.30 on Thursday following news that negotiators had hammered out an agreement that would avoid Britain leaving the EU without a divorce deal — a move many warn would be economically catastrophic.
However, joy was soon tempered by the realization that the British prime minister faces an uphill task in getting the deal past lawmakers, with opposition MPs and even some in his own Conservative party saying they were against it.
Most importantly, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up Johnson’s government, said it was “unable to support these proposals.”
Forex traders sold sterling, pushing it back down below $1.29, and it extended losses in Asia.
Focus is now on a crucial vote on the deal pencilled in for Saturday.
“Much will depend on the PM’s ability to get some if not all DUP and (Scottish National Party) MPs onside, in addition to also getting the backing from the 21 ex-Conservative MPs he expelled from the party last month,” said National Australia Bank’s Rodrigo Catril.
“Rejection of the deal might well see more political brinkmanship around a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, but the most likely scenario would be yet another extension of the 31 October Brexit date.”
Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA, said whichever way the vote goes, “traders should prepare themselves for some severe volatility on Monday morning, with multiple big-figure moves a strong possibility.”
In early trade London stocks eased 0.4 percent, Paris shed 0.5 percent and Frankfurt was flat.

Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2857 from $1.2891 at 2050 GMT
Euro/pound: UP at 86.48 pence from 86.31 pence
Euro/dollar: UP at $1.1122 from $1.1127