The Labor Law of Qatar provides a body of laws and regulations outlining the legal rights, restrictions and obligations of workers, employers and workers committees. All parties involved should adhere to the Labor Law.
Priority in employment is given to Qatari citizens. The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social ِAffairs provides various services to match employers with available talent. Qatari citizens who are looking for work should register with the ministry for potential job placements.
Employers who wish to hire non-Qataris or recruit workers from abroad are required to obtain permission from the government.
Foreigners may work in Qatar under different employers. Expatriates can change their employers after completing the employment contract inside the country or the employer terminates the contract without any legal sanctions on the expatriate. The expatriate shall complete five years or more with the same employer, in case the contract term is undefined.
In case of undefined contracts, the approval of the current employer on moving to work for another employer is required if he expatriate is seeking to terminate the current contract without completing its term or the five years period.
The maximum number of working hours allowed without overtime pay is 48 hours per week. Working hours are reduced to 36 per week during the month of Ramadan.
Workers are entitled to at least one day of rest per week. Friday is the common day of rest for all workers except those who handle shift work. No employee should work two or more Fridays in a row.
Qatari workers may form workers committees and join larger trade unions. Strikes are allowed as long as they follow the rules of the Labor Law.
For more information, please download a copy of the Qatar Labor law