Labour reforms in Qatar
Recently, Qatar has brought about a change in its labour laws, scrapping rules requiring migrant workers to take their employers’ permission before changing jobs, and setting the monthly minimum wage at about $274, an increase of over 25 percent.
What are the new labour laws?
- The first reform has abolished the unjustified ‘kafala system’ or requirement for a “no objection certificate” that migrant workers needed to get from their employers before changing jobs.
- Now, workers will have to serve a one-month notice period if they have worked for less than two years and notice period of two months if they have worked longer.
- The second reform involves increasing the minimum wage by 25 per cent to $274 or 1000 Qatari riyals and an additional 300 QAR for food and 500 QAR for accommodation in case not provided by the company.
- These reforms are now applicable to workers of all nationalities and in all sectors, including domestic workers who were previously excluded.