Payroll Cycle
Minumum Wage
Overtime Pay
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.

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Talent Wiki - Qatar

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Qatar
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Capital
Doha
Currency
Qatari Rial
Languages
Arabic, English
Payroll Frequency
Monthly
GDP per Capita
USD 62,100
Employer Tax
10%

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Qatar

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: 

Doha

Skills in Demand:

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

Local Universities

The top local universities in Qatar are listed below:

Qatar University

RANKING

Belarus : 1

World : 957

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

RANKING

Belarus : 2

World : 3372

Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar

RANKING

Belarus : 3

World : 3525

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

RANKING

Belarus : 4

World : 4491

College of the North Atlantic - Qatar

RANKING

Belarus : 5

World : 4743

Salary Data

The monthly salary data of a few job title in Qatar are;

Job Title Salary Range (in QAR) Salary Range (in USD)
Accountant 10,400 2856.36
Financial Analyst 20,100 5520.46
Graphic Designer 9,110 2502.06
Business Analyst 19,000 5218.35
Project Manager 17,500 4806.37
Developer/Programmer 14,200 3900.03

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards: 

Linkedin, Indeed, Bayt.com, Jobs in Qatar, QatarLiving.com

Number of LinkedIn users:

927,000

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
1 Jan New Year's Day National holiday
8 Feb National Sports Day National holiday
6 Mar Bank Holiday National holiday
2 May Eid al-Fitr/End of Ramadan National holiday
3 May Eid al-Fitr Holiday National holiday
4 May Eid al-Fitr Holiday National holiday
10 Jul Eid al-Adha/Feast of Sacrifice National holiday
11 Jul Eid al-Adha Holiday National holiday
12 Jul Eid al-Adha Holiday National holiday
18 Dec Qatar National Holiday National holiday
31 Dec New Years Eve National holiday

Payroll

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.

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Minimum Wage:

The labor law does not particularly mention any minimum wage for the Qatar nationals, as they differ according to employment agreements. However, they have set a 1,000 QAR minimum monthly wage for all foreign workers.

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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:

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Bonus

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
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Taxes

Employer Payroll Tax:

Tax Rate Contribution
10.00% QFC Employment Regulation Monthly Contribution

Employee Payroll Tax:

Tax Rate Contribution
5-8% QFC Employment Regulation Monthly Contribution

Employee Income Tax:

 Personal income is not taxed in Qatar.

VAT:

There is no VAT in Qatar.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

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

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

Notice Period

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:

Severance Pay

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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