Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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02. Grow your team in


with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in


, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in


effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global employment solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

03. Summary

Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a nation in Western Asia that occupies the tiny Qatar Peninsula off the Arabian Peninsula's northeastern coast. Its only land boundary is to the south, with Saudi Arabia, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the rest of its territory is surrounded by the Persian Gulf. Qatar is separated from Bahrain by the Gulf of Bahrain, a Persian Gulf inlet. Qatar had a total population of 2.6 million people in early 2017: 313,000 Qataris and 2.3 million expatriates. Qatar's official religion is Islam. The nation has the world's third-highest GDP per capita and sixth-highest GNI per capita in terms of revenue. The United Nations has designated Qatar as a country with very high human growth, ranking it third in the Arab world after the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in terms of HDI. Qatar is a World Bank high-income economy with the world's third-largest natural gas and oil reserves. Qatar has been governed by the Thani family since Mohammed bin Thani signed a treaty with the British in 1868 recognizing the country's independence. Qatar was a British protectorate from the early twentieth century until 1971, when it gained independence from Ottoman rule. The constitution was overwhelmingly adopted in a referendum in 2003, with nearly 98% of the vote in favor. Qatar became a major force in the Arab world in the twenty-first century, thanks to its internationally expanding media group, Al Jazeera Media Network, and its alleged financial support for many rebel groups during the Arab Spring. Qatar wields disproportionate influence in the world for its scale, and has been labeled a middle force. Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, making it the first Muslim and Arab nation to do so. Qatar will host the Asian Games in 2030.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

After a year of employment, employees are entitled to 15 days of paid leave; after five years of service, they are entitled to 20 days.

Public holidays

Qatar recognizes eleven public holidays.

Sick days

After three months of work, you are entitled to two weeks of paid sick leave. It is necessary to have a medical certificate.

Maternity leave

Employees are entitled to 50 days of paid leave, which can begin before the birth of the child.

Paternity leave

There are no provisions regarding paternity leave in Qatar labor laws.

Parental leave

There are no provisions regarding parental leave in Qatar labor laws.

Other leave

Only Muslim employees are eligible for Hajj pilgrimage leave, which lasts two weeks and is paid once during the working time.

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Employees on indefinite contracts are entitled to be terminated at will with one month's notice if they have less than five years' service and two months if they have more than five years' service.

Notice period

Individuals employed for one to five years are required to give one month's notice. Those who have been employed for more than five years must provide two months' notice.

Severance pay

Employees who resign from their positions are entitled to EOSB (end of service benefits). These benefits are mutually agreed upon by the employer and employee and must account for at least three weeks of the employee's gross salary for each year worked.

Probation period

The probationary period in Qatar should not be longer than six months.

07. Working hours


The maximum number of hours per week is 48, or eight hours per day. This is reduced to 36 hours per week, six hours per day, during Ramadan.


Hours worked in excess of 48 hours are compensated at a rate of 25%. Night work is compensated at a 50% premium.

08. Minimum wage


In Qatar, the monthly minimum salary is 1,000 QAR. Employers must additionally pay at least 300 QAR for meals and 500 QAR for lodging if they do not offer these directly to employees.

09. Employee benefits


Qataris have access to healthcare that is either free or highly subsidized. Expats will often need additional insurance. Companies provide supplemental private healthcare to workers, while Qatari nationals get highly subsidized healthcare coverage.

In Qatar, total remuneration is often divided into salary, housing allowance, and transportation allowance. Some workers may also bargain for educational benefits for their children in Qatar.

10. Why Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO?

Establishing an entity in


to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in


has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into


simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record solutions in


give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in


via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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