Iranian Oil Ministry is planning to revive 10,000 job positions that were cut during a former administration in the country, according to deputy oil minister Mehdi Ali Madadi who insists the jobs would be key to future development projects in the Iranian oil sector.
Ali Madadi said on Sunday that reviving thousands of jobs cut over the past years would mostly benefit people living in areas where the petroleum industry has a major presence.
He said the decision to cut the job had created a major challenge for the realization of the objectives of the oil industry in Iran.
“Considering the needs of the Oil Ministry’s subsidiary companies the removed (job) positions will be restored,” said the official who is in charge of Oil Ministry’s human resources department.
The announcement comes two days after Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji travelled to oil-rich regions in southern Iran to discuss job security issues facing local workers and contractors.
During his trip to Gachsaran on Friday, Owji made a reference to jobs cut by the former administration and said that the positions will be reinstated to allow contractors to hire more workers from the local population in Iran's oil-rich regions.
Since taking office in late August, Owji has reiterated plans for increasing production of oil in Iran amid hopes that the country and world powers could revive an international nuclear agreement that would allow lifting of US sanctions targeting Iran’s crude sales since 2018.
Oil Ministry authorities have indicated that Iran would be able to swiftly return to a pre-sanctions output levels of nearly 4 million barrels per day (bpd) from a current production of over 2 million bpd.