A lot of Filipino workers have been in search of jobs in Oman whether they are new or experienced. Moving to a different country kind of challenges your mind because you’re looking for options on how to survive. And that’s why this article is made to guide you on how to search for jobs in Oman for Filipinos.
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There is an increasing number of job vacancies for these positions as the Oman government continues to recruit skilled professionals, especially from the Philippines. This means, there are countless job openings that you can apply for. Let’s take a look at some of the opportunities you can search for in Oman for Filipinos:
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To apply for a job in Oman, you must provide the necessary requirements in this link Requirements.
An applicant must be at least 21 years old and must have completed high school. He/she must also be physically and mentally fit to work.
Important Steps on Searching for DMW Jobs in Oman
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to search for DMW jobs in Oman.
A job search for Filipinos in Oman would not be complete without the use of online job platforms. These sites are one of the most effective ways that you can reach a wide variety of employers, both locally and internationally. They also provide an opportunity for overseas workers to be matched with companies that are hiring on the other side of the world.
Here are the online job portals for Filipinos who are searching for jobs in Oman.
OMANFIL is one of the largest and most trusted companies that send Filipino workers abroad. Since 1978, OMANFIL has sent more than 75,000 Filipino workers to the Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Egypt, Nigeria, Libya, Botswana, the United States, the United Kingdom, Cuba (Guantanamo Bay), Saipan, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Korea, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and more than 50 other countries around the world.
To search for jobs using this website, you may follow the steps below.
1. Click the link above to redirect you to this page. The website looks like this.
2. If you do not have an account, create one first. Click ‘Applicant Registration’ to register.
If you have, you may log in using your email and password.
3. Scroll down to see the search bars. Then, in you will be shown three search bars. You can enter the job that you are looking for in the first search bar. The second search bar is the job category, you can choose the job category where your job belongs or you may leave it blank.
In the third search bar, you may enter the country you wish to apply for. In this case, I entered ‘Mechanic’ on the first search bar, ‘Mechanical ‘on the next, and ‘Oman’ on the last search bar.
4. You will be shown search results on Mechanical Jobs in Oman.
As of now, the website does not have job postings in Oman. So, let’s proceed to the next online job portal.
Indeed has a search function so you can look for jobs in Oman by inputting the city where you want to work. The best part is that Indeed shows jobs from different companies so you don’t have to visit each company’s website individually.
To search for jobs in Oman, you may follow the steps below.
1. Click the link above to redirect you to this site.
2. On the first search bar, enter the job that you wanted. On the next search bar, enter the country that you wanted to apply for. In this example, I entered ‘Waiter’ on the job and ‘Oman’ for the country.
3. And you will be shown search results on Waiter jobs in Oman.
Savvy job seekers know that LinkedIn is a great place to search for jobs. There are many posts of open roles and companies looking to fill them.
To start searching for jobs n this website, you may read the steps below.
1. Click the link above to redirect you to the website of LinkedIn.
2. On the ‘Job Search’, enter the job that you are looking for. On the ‘Worldwide’, enter the country you wish to work to. In this example, I used ‘Technician’ for the job and ‘Oman’ for the country.
3. You will be shown search results for Technician jobs in Oman.
Last but not the least, the Department of Migrant Workers website. This website is highly recommended for Filipinos that are looking for a legit job abroad since the jobs undergo a thorough inspection before posting.
To search for jobs using this website, you may read the steps below.
1. Click the link above. This will appear after clicking the link.
2. Scroll down until you see this search bar.
3. Enter ‘Oman’ in the search bar. And you will be shown search results on the available jobs in Oman.
Note: After searching for jobs, you must follow the steps shown by the website to you. Pass your resume and application letter. Apply for jobs until you secure one job offer. Keep in contact with the agencies or recruiters offering the job to know the next step of your application. If you already secured a job offer, then, it is time for the next step.
Prepare the Documents
You must prepare your documents and put them in a folder/envelope. To the document that needs several copies, you must secure at least three photocopies of the document.
Make sure you have completed the requirements to proceed with the next step.
Apply for a Work Permit
Oman Working Visa for Filipinos
People who want to work in Oman are given this kind of visa. It is a visa that can be used more than once and is good for up to 2 years. It can also be extended. Before you can apply for a work visa, you must meet two requirements: (a) you must be between 21 and 60 years old, and (b) your employer or sponsor must be an Omani citizen.
In the meantime, the following things must be ready:
- Application form (signed by the employer), a copy of the applicant’s passport, two photos the same size as a passport, the original and a copy of the work permit from the Ministry of Manpower,
- Original medical certificate and a copy of it;
- Details about the job from the employer in a letter;
- Letter from the Ministry of Manpower for certain jobs, such as engineer;
- Copy of approval from the right organization for certain jobs (such as teacher, doctor, media worker, religious worker, etc.) and, if needed, a permit from the Philippine Embassy for housemaids.
Depending on what kind of visa you need, you can either go to the Oman Embassy in Manila or apply for one online.
Just follow these steps to apply online.
- Go to https://evisa.rop.gov.om/ to visit the Royal Oman Police website.
- Pick the kind of visa you want to apply for.
- Fill out all the required fields to sign up as a new user.
- Check the email that was sent to you to confirm your account.
- Fill out the form and upload the documents that are needed
Preparation for Going to Oman
Information that will help you live in Oman
In the Middle East, the Sultanate of Oman is at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. It shares borders with Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Living in Oman is both a privilege and a responsibility because there are so many rules to follow. Oman is the fifth most peaceful country in the Middle East and North Africa. If you want to live and work in Oman, here are some important things to think about.
The cost of living in Oman is higher than it is in Asia and the Philippines. Most things in Oman cost twice as much as they do in your home country, the Philippines. For example, eating out at restaurants can be a bit pricey. But OFWs who are careful with their money always find a way to save.
For example, you can cook your own food instead of going out to eat every day. Some people are lucky because their employers pay for their meals at work. When it comes to housing, the cost depends on the size, location, and features of the apartment. Still, utilities like gas, electricity, and water are not included in the rent price.
A 2-bedroom apartment costs between PHP 15,000 and PHP 30,000 per month to rent. Don’t worry, and you don’t have to deal with this on your own. You have to find roommates so you can split the rent and city services.
Costs of transportation
In Oman, the cost of getting somewhere depends on how you get there. For example, taxis are convenient, but sometimes the drivers don’t have meters, so you don’t know if the price they’re asking is fair for where you’re going.
If you want to save money on transportation, you can also take the bus. But most Filipinos would rather have their cars because it’s easier.
Since the Philippines is a tropical country near the equator, its people are used to living in warm weather. Oman is a different story. Temperatures can get as high as 40 to 50 degrees Celsius in the summer.
From May to October, which is about six months, summer lasts. But most apartments and buildings in Oman have air conditioning, so you don’t have to go out more often. During the cold season, which runs from November to April and is called “winter,” the temperature ranges from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius, which is typical for the Philippines. But it can get 15 degrees cooler at night.
One thing that the Philippines and Oman have in common is that they are both sometimes hit by tropical storms. It can happen about once or twice a year. Make sure to bring clothes that are cool and easy to move around in.
OFWs Should Follow These Etiquette Rules in Oman
Even though Oman is a very open country, there are still social norms that OFWs need to follow. These include dressing modestly, not shouting at locals, taking off your shoes when invited into a local’s home, honoring their traditions like Ramadan, and getting permission before going into a Mosque. Be modest and quiet.
Taking a chance on living and work in Oman is worth it if it means you can support your family. Even though there are a lot of changes, you’re slowly getting the hang of it now that you know this. Just keep in mind that you should never feel embarrassed to ask other OFWs in the area, especially those who have lived there for a long time.
Arrival in Oman
International visitors to Oman need valid passports and, for most, a visa for the length of their stay, unless they are GCC citizens with valid government-issued National ID cards.
Enjoy your work and stay in the country of Oman.
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He is a teacher in Oman sharing his experiences while applying in this video. He shared a website wherein he was hired as a teacher since there are many vacancies in teaching positions in Oman.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the commonly asked questions and answers for your reference.
1. How hard is it to get a job in Oman?
Once you’re there, it’s tough to get work in Oman. It is advised that job searchers contact recruiting agencies in their native country or submit an application directly to employers through company websites or HR departments. Typically, Oman does not have any recruitment firms.
2. What is the minimum salary in Oman?
The minimum wage in Oman is the least that a worker may be compensated for his or her labor. The majority of nations have a national minimum wage that all employees must receive. The minimum salary in Oman is 225 Omani rials ($592) per month, with a 100 rials ($263) per month allowance for nationals; there is no allowance for foreign workers.
3. What are the working hours in Oman?
According to business policy, the standard workweek in Oman ranges between 40 and 48 hours. Typically, offices are open from 8:00 or 9:30 am to 5:00 or 6:00 pm. The way time is kept in the summer and the winter is the same. The working day can occasionally be shortened to six hours during the month of Ramadan.
4. Can I convert my tourist visa to a work visa in Oman?
Oman will permit expatriates and visitors with visit visas to convert them into work visas after entering the country. According to Royal Oman Police, the new regulation also applies to people with family joining visas and student visas.
5. Can the employer keep the Oman passport?
According to a prominent law firm in Oman, it is illegal and forbidden for employers to keep hold of their employees’ passports.
The number of career opportunities for Filipinos in Oman is not that large, but it’s also a growing economy, and there are many opportunities for those who are willing to try. Hopefully, this guide will help you on your way to finding a suitable job in the country.