In a major step ahead in its labour reform programme, Qatar on Sunday raised minimum wage for
employees by 25 per cent to 1000 riyals a month and scrapped the rule requiring permission of
employers to change jobs.
The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) has stated that while
the new minimum wage, that is non-discriminatory and applies to all workers, will come in effect in
six months, the removal of employers’ permission to change jobs comes in effect immediately.
The Law No. 17 of 2020 on Setting the Minimum Wage for Workers and Domestic Workers provides
that minimum wage should be 1000 riyals, apart from accommodation and food or a monthly
stipend of 800 riyals, that should be provided by companies.
HE Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and
Social Affairs said, “The State of Qatar is committed to creating a modern and dynamic labour
market. In line with Qatar Vision 2030, these new laws mark a major milestone in this journey and
will benefit workers, employers, and the nation alike.”
As part of the efforts to boost the effectiveness of the Wage Protection System, the new
amendments to the Labour Law prescribe stricter penalties for employers who fail to pay their
workers’ wages and introduce penalties for employers who fail to provide adequate accommodation
for their workers, in line with the standards established by the Ministry.
The new amendments also include increasing the number of labour dispute resolution committees
to tackle the number of labour disputes, facilitate workers’ access to the rights, and expedite legal
By: Murtuza Merchant