Qatar’s Emir has approved new legislation that will increase the salaries of nationals working in government jobs.
Law No. 14 of 2016 on Human Resources Management, which was published in full by Al Sharq yesterday, outlines policies on the hiring, firing, annual leave, benefits and retirement of those in government jobs.
The legislation reiterates the state’s preferential hiring system, as outlined in the previous HR Law No. 8 of 2009. It puts Qatari citizens first, followed by these categories, in order of priority:
- Children of Qatari women married to non-Qataris;
- Non-Qatari spouses of Qatari citizens;
- Nationals of other GCC countries;
- Arab expats; and
- Other nationalities.
Once again, several public-sector jobs are exempt from the HR law, including judges, assistant judges, prosecutors, assistant prosecutors; Emiri Diwan employees and those in the diplomatic and consular sectors.
Teaching university faculty and employees working for Qatar Petroleum, the Qatar Investment Authority and the State Audit Bureau are also exempt.
The new law is expected to take effect the day after it’s published in the Official Gazette. According to Al Sharq, this will be in January, at the start of the new fiscal year.