The labor market in Qatar
The labour market in Qatar has been relatively preserved from the recent economic crisis thanks to its oil and gas resources. Indeed, Qatar has a thriving economy and is becoming a choice destination for expatriates. As a consequence, many new immigrants are moving to Qatar and their number is steadily on the rise.
There are many job opportunities for expats in Qatar: oil and gas industries, construction, trade, banking, language teaching, opportunities are varied.
If you work under an expatriate work contract, you may benefit from bonuses, return-tickets for your home country, health insurances or scholarships for your children.
If you work under a Qatari work contract, it is customary to sign a work contract in due form clearly stating your working hours and your salary. The work contract and must be written in Arabic and may be accompanied by a translation. In case of dispute, the original Arabic version shall prevail. A probationary period generally applies to any job (from 1 to 6 months). Workers' rights are regulated and respected in Qatar. In case of dispute with your employer, or if you have any claim, contact the Department of Labor at the following number: +974 4406554.
Women can work without restrictions in Qatar. However, several professional sectors are more or less reserved to women (secretarial, nursing, education etc..) A dress code may also apply (long sleeves, no skirts, legs covered etc.)
With regard to salaries, there is no minimum wage in Qatar. However, given the exemption of income tax, wages are generally very attractive in the country. The legal working time is set at 48 hours per week. During the summer, working hours are regulated and prohibited from 11:30 to 15 pm.
In Qatar, workers are granted two weeks of paid vacation per year minimum. There are also lots of holidays during the National Day, the Eid-ul-Fitr or the Eid ul-Adha.
Guide section: Work
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