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Talent Wiki - Qatar

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Qatar

Capital

Doha

Currency

Qatari Rial

Languages

Arabic, English

Payroll Frequency

Monthly

GDP per Capita

$82,886

Employer Tax

10%

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

Qatar University

RANKING

Local: 1

World : 1695

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

RANKING

Local: 2

World : 3968

Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar

RANKING

Local: 3

World : 3525

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

RANKING

Local: 4

World : 4397

University of Doha for Science and Technology

RANKING

Local: 5

World : 6588

Salary Data

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (QAR) Average Monthly Salary (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:

1,139,000

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 2023

Date Holiday Type
1 Jan New year’s day National holiday
14 Feb National Sports Day National holiday
6 Mar March bank holiday National holiday
21 Apr Eid al-Fitr Holiday National holiday
22 Apr Eid al-Fitr Holiday National holiday
23 Apr Eid al-Fitr Holiday National holiday
27 Jun Eid al-Adha Holiday National holiday
28 Jun Eid al-Adha Holiday National holiday
29 Jun Eid al-Adha Holiday National holiday
18 Dec National Day 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.

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.

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:

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

Taxes

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. 

VAT:

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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Payroll

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