Muscat: The two-year ban announcement on the return of expat workforce has received mixed reactions countrywide.
While some feel that it will help regulate the job market, others think that this will limit the expatriates' options.
Speaking to the Times of Oman, chairman of General Federation of Oman Trade Unions Nabhan Al Battashi said that this decision would help regulate the job market.
"This will also prevent expatriates to shift from one place to another which is sometimes not justified.
Some of the expatriates were exploiting the old regulations by leaving the country and then returning after a short time to work for another sponsor in a different job," he said.
The president of the Bangladesh Social Club, Mohammed Shafiqul Islam Bhuiyan, said that the ruling is good news for employers but not at all for all the employees as they can't change jobs now. "I think people should be allowed to change jobs," he viewed.
Terming this as a move to regulate the job market, general manager, Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve & Masira Island Resort, Vijay Handa said that this would also lend stability to the companies since people won't be able to jump from one company to another easily.
A manager of a construction company said: "We will not be able to employ specialised people from the local market and so the employers will also suffer. A large number of foreigners will not be interested in working in Oman where there will be no scope of changing jobs."
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