Payroll and Benefits Guide - Qatar

Qatar
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Currency

Qatari Riyal (QAR)
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Capital

Doha
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Employer Taxes

10%

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Date Format

dd/mm/yyyy
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Fiscal Year

1 Apr – 31 Mar

Fun Facts

Qatar is set to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, becoming the first Middle Eastern country to do so.

Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is home to the famous Museum of Islamic Art, designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei.

The country is known for its futuristic skyline, with many impressive skyscrapers, including the iconic Torch Tower and the Aspire Tower.

Qatar is home to the world’s largest continuous sand desert, known as the “Rub’ al Khali” or the Empty Quarter.

Qatar has made significant investments in renewable energy and is one of the world leaders in solar power generation per capita.

Qatar Airways, the national airline of Qatar, is known for its exceptional service and has won numerous awards for being one of the world’s best airlines.

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Contributions

Employee Payroll Tax

Contribution TypeRate
Qatar Labour Law Monthly Contribution5%
QFC Employment Regulation Monthly Contribution5% – 8%

Employer Payroll Tax

Contribution TypeRate
Qatar Labour Law Monthly Contribution/QFC10%

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

Frequency is typically month. 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.

Work Hours and Week

Working week in Qatar is typically 48 hours,

8 hours per day and six days a week.

Saturday-Thursday

Overtime

All work above the standard working week is paid as overtime and regulated by employment contract/collective agreements etc.
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Leave

Paid Time Off

In Qatar, the annual leave entitlement is dependent on the employee’s seniority

Public Holidays

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Notice periods are dependent on an employee’s seniority.

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.

Probation Period

Probation Period

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.

In addition to Qatar visa, 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.

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.

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