Qatar Company and Business Information provided by Qatcom.com
The majority of workers in Qatar are not from the state but from abroad. Companies that are major suppliers of labour include: The Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Salary levels for staff from these countries are low, but Westerners often complain the skills level at lower grades are also weak.
Staff can be found via:
- internet advertising via companies such as Bayt.com
- local advertising through newspapers such as the Gulf Times
- via recruitment agencies
Due to government policies on hiring staff, which attempt to maintain a balance between the different nationalities employed in Qatar, companies may not always be able to get the exact staff they wish for.
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Some companies prefer to recruit locally. This can be much cheaper: flights, accommodation, schooling and so on may not need to be provided. On the other hand, the hiring may not be strictly legal. People may be present in the country illegally or be on the wrong type of visa.
You may also wish to take on part time workers. While many people work part time on the side, strictly speaking they should be working only for the company that is sponsoring them. (Exceptions may be made when the sponsor agrees.)
Before a person leaves one company and joins another company, they have to acquire a No Objection Certificate. If, upon leaving a company, they are not given this certificate they will have to leave the country and will not be allowed to return, even as a visitor, for a period of two years. Some companies and organisations appear to have a policy of not granting an NOC under any circumstances.
- contracts must be drawn up in Arabic.
- in a dispute, the arabic version of a contract will always prevail.
- a copy of the contact must be lodged with the Ministry of Labour
- a copy of the contract must be held by the employee
Salary is usually based on what staff might expect to receive in their home country (plus extra for working abroad) rather than on skills, experience or indeed ability. As a result, labour costs in terms of salary may appear low to those from the West, although Westerners receive a substantial premium on what they would receive at home. Do not forget to include other costs when working out the total cost of labour - these may include:
Qatar has a policy of Qatarisation. Qatar are increasingly being encouraged to take over jobs from foreigners, who may sometimes be removed from their job to facilitate this. As quotas exist in certain industries, companies may also be obliged to employ a certain number of Qataris. As the Qatari population is small, and government jobs are valued above private sector jobs, the choice may not be wide.