The Ministry of Manpower recently issued Decree 228/2019 on Certain Positions Permissible for Foreign Employees, which came into effect on 27 August 2019 and revoked all prior relevant decrees on this matter. The appendix to Decree 228/2019 provides a list of positions in various business fields in which foreign employees can be employed. The list will be evaluated every two years (or as needed).

According to the list of positions, foreigners can be employed in most positions other than those relating to HR or personnel. If the position that a foreign employee is to fill is not listed in the appendix to Decree 228/2019, the minister or an appointed authority can grant the employer permission to employ the foreign employee in that position.

In addition to the list of positions, the appendix to Decree 228/2019 provides a list of business fields in which foreigners may be employed, including:

  • construction;
  • real estate;
  • education;
  • manufacturing industries;
  • water management, wastewater management, waste management and recycling and waste remediation activities;
  • transport and logistics;
  • art, entertainment and recreation;
  • accommodation and food and beverages;
  • agriculture, forestry and fisheries;
  • leasing and operational leasing, manpower, travel agencies and other support businesses;
  • finance and insurance;
  • human health and social activities;
  • information and telecoms;
  • mining and excavating;
  • the procurement of power, gas, steam and hot water and cold air;
  • the wholesale, retail, repair and maintenance of cars and motorcycles;
  • other service businesses; and
  • technical, scientific and professional activities.

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