Oman has imposed a six-month ban on hiring foreigners seeking work in 10 different industries, including media, information technology, marketing, insurance and aviation.

The new ban, which is set to be implemented immediately, aims to increase the employment rate among nationals, the minister of manpower said.

The hiring freeze would help companies to create vacancies for Omanis who are looking for jobs, said minister Abdullah Al Bakri.

The ban, which affects 87 different job types, follows large demonstrations last week, in which unemployed youths called for greater employment opportunities.

According to the Ministry of Manpower, there were nearly 60,000 unemployed university graduates in 2017.

In Oct last year, the Omani government said that, in Dec, it would begin efforts to create 25,000 new jobs, in an effort to reduce high unemployment. Last year the country saw its worst job crisis in 40 years.

The government said that 60 percent of the new jobs will be in the public sector, while private sector companies would be provided with incentives to hire nationals instead of expatriates.

Last week, the Council of Ministers issued a statement saying that, The government was serious and … working hard with the private sector to create jobs for our daughters and sons.

Source: NAM News Network