Qatar cityscape
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Qatar's labour market is quite open to qualified foreign professionals. Career prospects are available in various fields such as oil, gas, trade, etc.

The labour market in Qatar is built on several core industries, namely gas and oil. However, even with the recent embargo, Qatar has a thriving economy and is becoming a  choice destination for expatriates. As a consequence, many new immigrants are moving to Qatar and their number is ever rising.

Key fields

There are many job opportunities for expats in Qatar: oil and gas industries, construction, trade, banking and education. Opportunities are varied.  

If you work under an expatriate work contract, you may benefit from bonuses, return-tickets for your home country annually, health insurance, and school scholarships for your children.

Labour contract

If you work under a Qatari work contract, it is customary to sign a work contract in due form clearly stating your working hours and your salary. The work contract must be written in Arabic and may be accompanied by a translation. In case of dispute, the original Arabic version shall prevail. A probationary period generally applies to any job (from 1 to 6 months). Workers' rights are regulated and respected in Qatar. In case of dispute with your employer, or if you have any claim, contact the Department of Labor at the following number: 974 4406554.

NOC restrictions

A situation common to the Gulf Area that may be a new experience for you is the limited movement of workers. Once sponsored to be employed in the country, you are tied to your employer's contract. This means that you will be required to notify and seek permission from your employer if you exit Qatar for a holiday. If you decide to leave your employer and wish to work for another, you will need a No Objection Certificate, which declares that your employer will give you free permission to terminate your contract and begin employment duties with a new employer. This process, while sounding straightforward, may not always occur unless genuine extenuating circumstances are provided. Employers are under no legal obligation to provide this.

Working conditions

Women can work without restrictions in Qatar. However, several professional sectors are dominated by women (secretarial, nursing, early years education). A dress code may also apply (long sleeves, no skirts, legs covered etc.)

With regard to salaries, there is no minimum wage in Qatar. However, given the exemption of income tax and housing allowances, wages are generally very attractive in the country. The legal working time is set at 48 hours per week with the exception of the month of Ramadan when the maximum working hours is 36 hours per week at the rate of 6 hours per day.

In Qatar, workers are granted two weeks of paid vacation per year as a minimum. Qatar also has 9 public holidays, including 3 successive days for Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha respectively.

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