Qatar is a high-income economy with the world’s third largest natural gas and oil reserves. With the highest per-capita income in the world and more than 2.8 million people, Qatar offers growth and opportunity for companies looking to expand.

There are many labor and payroll considerations in Qatar including:

  • Employees paid monthly or annually must be paid once per month, all other employees must be paid at least every two weeks
  • Qatar employees receive a gratuity that is calculated based on salary, and after one year of continuous service, to be paid at the end of their service with the company. Employees receive 21 days of pay for every year of service
  • Employment contracts must be written in Arabic
  • There is no income tax in Qatar
  • Minimum wage for workers is QAR 1000 per month plus accommodation pay of QAR 500 per month and food pay QAR 300 per month
  • Employers must submit 10% of employee salary for social security if the employee is a Qatari national
  • Qatar uses the Wage Protection System (WPS) to pay employees
  • Foreign workers must obtain a permanent residency visa and work permit to live and work in Qatar
  • In accordance with the labor laws in Qatar, employees are entitled to payment for absence from work due to illness as follows: the first 15 days of sick leave employee receives full pay, the next 30 days an employee receives half pay, and the following 45 days, employees receive no pay

For specific payroll-related regulations in Qatar, read the latest article from one of our partners in the region.

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