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Qatar Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Qatar




Qatari Rial


Arabic, English

Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Qatar, an independent emirate on the Persian Gulf’s west coast, built its robust fiscal health on oil and gas exports. The country has extraordinarily high human development, ranked third in the world.

Major economic hubs:


Skills in demand:

Construction Related Occupations, Hospitality and Tourism, Healthcare Occupations, Media and Public Relations, Oil and Petroleum, Science, Technology, Engineers, and Math (STEM)

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Qatar are as follows:

Uni1 17

Qatar University


Local: 1

World : 1310

Uni2 16

Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Local: 2

World : 2550

Uni3 13

Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar


Local: 3

World : 4308

Uni4 14

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts


Local: 4

World : 4679

Uni5 13

University of Doha for Science and Technology


Local: 5

World : 6284

Salary Data

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (QAR) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Accountant 10,400 2,857
Financial Analyst 20,100 5,521
Graphic Designer 9,110 2,502
Business Analyst 19,000 5,219
Project Manager 17,500 4,807
Developer/Programmer 14,200 3,901
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Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Linkedin, Indeed,, Jobs in Qatar,

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:

AI Noof, People Dynamics, Michael Page, CBS Butler, Cappo, Adecco, Barclay Simpson, Clarendon Parker International,

Employing in Qatar

The Qatar government ensures the well-being of local and guest workers. This section provides the basics of preparing for hiring talents in Qatar.

Employee Contract

A written form of employment agreement between an employee and an employer is not mandated by law in the country. Employers may have contracts in English, but the Qatar Ministry of Labor only acknowledges contracts written in Arabic as valid.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
13 Feb National Sports Day Public holiday
10 Apr Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date) Public holiday
11 Apr Eid al-Fitr Holiday (Tentative Date) Public holiday
12 Apr Eid al-Fitr Holiday (Tentative Date) Public holiday
17 Jun Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) (Tentative Date) Public holiday
18 Jun Eid al-Adha Holiday (Tentative Date) Public holiday
19 Jun Eid al-Adha Holiday (Tentative Date) Public holiday
18 Dec National Day Public holiday



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Payroll Cycle

Qatar Law specifies that workers working on monthly salaries must be paid at least once a month. All other workers’ salaries must be paid at least once every two weeks.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

The current minimum wage in Qatar is QAR 1,800.00 per month.

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Overtime Pay

When the agreed-upon regular working hours have exceeded, the extra time is considered overtime work and the worker is paid as follows:


13th Month Pay

In Qatar, it is not legally required to give a 13th month bonus.

Employee Benefits

Labor laws in Qatar ensure that employees are well covered through their statutory benefits, but employers can go above and beyond the mandatory benefits to give their employees more perks.

  • Housing Allowance
  • Supplemental Health Insurance
  • Transportation Allowance
  • Life Insurance
  • Children Education


Employer Payroll Tax 

Type of Contribution Contribution
Pension 14%

Employee Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Contribution
Pension 7%

Employee Income Tax:

Personal income is not taxed in Qatar. 


There is no VAT in Qatar. 

Offboarding & Termination

The termination process varies depending on the terms of the Employment Agreement in place between the employee and employer.

Employees’ seniority determines the length of notice period in Qatar. The notice period for employees receiving salary on annual and monthly basis are as follows:

Term of employment Notice period
Above 1 year and less than 5 years 30 days
Over 5 years 60 days

To be entitled to severance payment, one needs to give one year of continuous service. The sum is based on the employee’s final wage. An amount equal to at least three weeks of the employee’s final basic wage for every year of service is considered the adequate severance pay.

Visa and Immigration

Employees needing to work in Qatar for a short period of time must get a work permit, which varies depending on the type of work. All employees, besides Qatar and GCC nationals, must have a residence visa and work permit sponsored by their employer (which must have an entity established in Qatar) to legally work and settle in Qatar.

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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

When the agreed-upon regular working hours have exceeded, the extra time is considered overtime work and the worker is paid as follows:

Overtime period Compensation Rate
On regular working hours Premium of 25%
Night work (9pm-3am) Premium of 50%
On Public holidays and designated off days Premium of 150%

Overtime hours should not exceed a maximum of two hours a day.

Visa & Immigration