By Ali Al Matani -
One of the important aspects the government has to apply within the framework of regulating labour market and reducing the flow of the inexperienced expatriate labour force is a professional examination to which all foreign workers have to be subjected; to make sure of the technical and scientific capacities and skills of those workers. This professional examination can be carried out via written and practical testing related to the desired job.
Besides, national labour force can compete for the jobs which companies and establishments open for expats. Thus, we can reduce recruiting expatriate labour force, according to the government guidelines in the coming period, to give national labour force more empowerment.
There is no doubt that regulating local market is in the heart of government's attention, at highest levels. The competent authorities don’t save efforts to develop policies that aim to reduce inexperienced expatriate labour force and create more equal opportunities for the national labour force. Different government agencies search for scientific solutions to adapt the labour market for the benefit of citizens, under the flow of national cadres from higher education establishments, inside and outside the Sultanate. These qualified national cadres have every right to have job opportunities in Oman.
In addition to ensuring the Omanisation percentage specified for each company and establishment operating in the Sultanate, reducing inexperienced expatriate labour force by making sure of scientific and technical capacities and skills by testing foreign labour force before recruiting will result in great gains that can't be summarised in this brief. This concept needs studies, research and big efforts to become a reality one day. Then, we can develop and regulate our labour market in a way that supports local market, companies and establishments and provide space for our citizens seeking jobs.
Without these concrete steps we can't re-regulate labour market in a practical way that contributes to making more job opportunities available for our job seekers. But the question is why the government doesn’t apply such ideas to develop labour market and reduce recruiting the inexperienced labour force.
Of course, this attitude is opposed by many people, and there are many parties getting benefit from the failure of regulating the labour market; they stand against any step towards more regulated market. But, let's start with the jobs and positions for which national experienced cadres are available.
We hope the government to consider such ideas, work hard to apply them in the near future to address the status quo in the labour market in a manner that ensures rights for all: companies, establishments and citizens.