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Payroll and Benefits Guide Qatar

Last updated: May 16, 2023

Currency
Qatari Riyal (QAR)
Employer Taxes
Unknown
Payroll Frequency
Monthly
Employee Costs
8%
Capital
Doha
Date Format
dd/mm/yyyy
Fiscal Year
1 April - 31 March
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Contribution

Employer Employer Payroll Contributions
10.00%
Qatar Labor Law Monthly Contribution/QFC Employment Regulation Monthly Contribution
10.00%
Total Employment Cost 

 

Employee Employee Payroll Contributions
5.00%
Qatar Labor Law Monthly Contribution
5.00%-8.00%
QFC Employment Regulation Monthly Contribution
5.00% – 8.00%
Total Employee Cost

Employer taxes

Highest
Lowest

Employee taxes

Highest
Lowest

Minimum Wage

General

The monthly minimum wage in Qatar is 1,000 QAR. Employers must also pay allowances of at least 300 QAR for food and 500 QAR for housing if they do not provide employees with these directly.

MINIMUM WAGE (PER MONTH)

Highest
Lowest

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

In Qatar, the payroll frequency is typically monthly. The employer must make salary payments at least once a month.

13th Salary

There is no legal requirement for 13-month payments. Employers may issue bonuses at their discretion.

Working Hours

General

The working week in Qatar is typically up to 48 hours, 8 hours per day, and five to six days a week. The working day may decrease to 6 hours a day during the time of Ramadan. Typically, Fridays are a rest day.

Overtime

All work above the standard working week is paid as overtime and regulated by employment contracts/collective agreements etc. When an employee is requested to work overtime or work on holidays, there are maximums in the number of hours allowed.
All overtime hours in excess of 48 hours a week are paid at an overtime compensation rate; this rate is typically 125% of the employee’s average salary rate. For overtime hours performed at night, the overtime is 150% of the employee’s standard rate.

Leave

Annual Leave (vacation)

In Qatar, the annual leave entitlement is dependent on the employee’s seniority:
For employees with less than one year of service, the employee receives a percentage of annual leave determined by the employer.
For employees with one year of service, the employee receives three calendar weeks of annual leave.
Employees with more than five years of service are entitled to four calendar weeks of annual leave.

An employee can take annual leave for a maximum of two different periods. Any untaken leave can be carried over to the next vacation year following the employer’s agreement.

Public Holidays

The local government decides each year if holidays falling on the weekend are lost or moved to a working day in lieu.

Religious holidays are determined by the lunar cycle and will show as tentative until they are confirmed nearer the date of the holiday.

Date Day Holiday Notes
13 Feb 2024 Tuesday National Sports Day
10 Apr 2024 Wednesday Eid al-Fitr Tentative
11 Apr 2024 Thursday Eid al-Fitr Holiday Tentative
12 Apr 2024 Friday Eid al-Fitr Holiday Tentative
17 Jun 2024 Monday Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) Tentative
18 Jun 2024 Tuesday Eid al-Adha Holiday Tentative
19 Jun 2024 Wednesday Eid al-Adha Holiday Tentative
18 Dec 2024 Wednesday National Day

Sick Days

An employee is entitled to two weeks of paid sickness compensated at 100% of the employee’s salary following the completion of three months of service with a single employer. After the initial 14 days of sickness, an employee can receive another four weeks of paid leave at the rate of 50% of the employee’s salary. Any sickness beyond that is unpaid. The sick leave is covered by the employer.

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to 50 days of paid maternity leave in Qatar; the employee must take no fewer than 35 days of leave following the child’s birth. In the case of a complicated birth, an employee can extend her maternity leave by an additional 60 days of unpaid leave providing the employee can provide a medical certificate. To be eligible for the maternity entitlement, an employee must have worked for their employer for a minimum of one year.

Paternity Leave

There is no legal requirement for an employer to provide paternity leave to their employees. However, it is typical for an employer to offer five days’ leave to fathers following the birth of their child.

Parental Leave

There are no provisions in the law regarding parental leave.

Other Leave

In Qatar, Muslim employees may be entitled to a one-time pilgrimage leave of 20 days if they wish to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Vacation Days
Public Holidays
Highest
Lowest

PAID MATERNITY LEAVE (DAYS)

Highest
Lowest

Termination

Termination Process

The termination process varies according to the employment agreement and collective agreement in place and based on the type of contract and reason for termination. An employment contract can be terminated by either the employer or an employee; in both cases, a termination notice is mandatory to initiate the process of dismissal.

Notice Period

In Qatar, notice periods are dependent on an employee’s seniority:

  • If an employee has between one and five years of service, a notice of one month is required.
  • If an employee has over five years of service, a notice of two months is required.
  • During the probation period, one week of notice is required.

Severance Pay

End-of-service gratuity for workers with one to five years of service is three weeks’ pay, four weeks’ pay = five to 10 years service, five weeks’ pay = 10 to 20 years of service, six weeks’ pay = 20+ years of continuous service.
Non-Qatari nationals must be given a repatriation flight.

Probation Period

In Qatar, the probation periods may vary depending on the employment contract in place. However, the probation period cannot be more than six months.

VISA

VISA

When an employee only needs to work in Qatar for a short period of time, work permits are required depending on the type of work to be carried out.
Qatar has implemented the “Qatarization,” a strategic initiative introduced by the government to provide employment for its citizens in the private and public sectors and prioritize Qatari nationals over foreign employees when it comes to job opportunities.
Should a Qatar-based employer wish to hire an employee from abroad, they must first obtain permission from the government.
For a foreigner to legally work and reside in Qatar, all employees except Qatari and GCC nationals (who require a work permit only) must have a residence visa and work permit under the sponsorship of their employer (which must have an entity established in Qatar).

The 2022 UAE Labour Law will implement flexible working and shared jobs as well as shorter, fixed-term contracts. Moreover, private sector employees will now be allowed to stay in the UAE for 180 days after leaving their jobs.

VAT

General

Currently, there is no VAT. There are plans to introduce it in the near future.

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March 20, 2021
Monthly minimum wage has increase to 1,000 QAR.
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Date Day Holiday Notes
13 Feb 2024 Tuesday National Sports Day
10 Apr 2024 Wednesday Eid al-Fitr Tentative
11 Apr 2024 Thursday Eid al-Fitr Holiday Tentative
12 Apr 2024 Friday Eid al-Fitr Holiday Tentative
17 Jun 2024 Monday Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) Tentative
18 Jun 2024 Tuesday Eid al-Adha Holiday Tentative
19 Jun 2024 Wednesday Eid al-Adha Holiday Tentative
18 Dec 2024 Wednesday National Day