#WelcomeQatarLaborLaw?? 2022 latest update

Due to Qatar’s strong infrastructure and expanding economy, hundreds and thousands of expatriates have been looking to move there and restart their lives and careers with their families. Today, there are two million people who have found work in Qatar. Lately, the government has been making it a point to ensure the welfare of guest workers so they can stay on comfortably, and the system has been helping to protect both employers and employees.

Even though the labor policy in Qatar has been far from perfect, there have been several changes over the past few years. Qatar has been trying to protect migrant workers to ensure their safety. In recent years, Qatar has:

  • Created new laws so most workers do not require exit permits if they want to leave Qatar.
  • Introduced procedures that make it easier for employees to switch their jobs. No more No-Objection Certificate (NOC) needed from one’s previous employer.
  • Allowed a minimum wage that does not discriminate.
  • Ensured that workers are not exploited if they are working from their homelands by introducing 20 Qatar Visa Centers (QVCs) in different parts of the world, including India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Tunisia.
  • Introduced the Worker’s Support and Insurance Fund to protect workers and ensure their rights so they can work in a healthy environment.

Minimum Wage

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Effective March 2021, Qatar’s Law No. 17 of 2020 set the minimum wage for all private-sector workers, including domestic workers, at QAR 1,000 (Qatari riyals) per month. QAR 500 per month is allocated by the employer for accommodation expenses. Also, QAR 300 per month is allocated for food unless the employer already provides adequate food or accommodation for the employee or domestic worker.

The prior minimum wage was QAR 750 per month.

The concept of a minimum wage is relatively new in the Middle East, and it is believed it will ensure stability and growth in the labor market of Qatar.

The Minister of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs has also promised a Minimum Wage Committee that will review the requirements of employees and domestic workers each month to ensure fair pay.


The best part about the new reforms is that employees do not need a No-Objection Certificate any longer. In fact, according to the Qatar National Vision 2030, the rights of workers will be protected, and their safety will be ensured. This step will open up doors for new investors, creating more job opportunities and allow Qatar to grow. As competition in the labor market increases, more talent will be produced.

According to the law, employees will be able to find brand-new work opportunities that will strengthen the economy. Moreover, if they want to leave work, employees only need to provide one month’s notice, as long as they have worked with the same employer for two years or less.

Moreover, the law states that while employees can be placed on probation, their probation period cannot exceed six months. This is great news as it ensures that the interest of workers is protected and they are not exploited by their employers.

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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.

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.

Qatari Employment

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.

Working Hours

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.

Workers Committees

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