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Qatar

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Employer of Record (EOR) in Qatar

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Qatar Introduction

Qatar is a country in the Middle East region bordered by Saudi Arabia. In recent years, the country has emerged as a middle power in the Arab world through its resource-wealth. Qatar is considered one of the richest countries in the world, and there is no income tax for non-companies.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 50 days of paid maternity leave, of which no less than 35 days need to be taken after the child’s birth. There is no legal requirement to provide paternity leave.

Sick Leave

Employees who have worked at the same employer for 3 months are entitled to 2 weeks of paid sick leave, compensated at 100% of the employee’s salary. After the initial 14 days of sick leave, an employee can receive another 4 weeks of paid leave paid at 50% of the salary.

Paid Leave

There are 8 public holidays in 2022, and employees are entitled to paid time off based on their seniority at the company (around 3-4 weeks per year). Muslim employees are also entitled to a one-time 20 day pilgrimage leave if they wish to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage is QAR 1,000 per month, and a standard workweek is 48 hours at 8 hours per day (6 days per week). During Ramadan, working hours are reduced from 48 hours per week to 36 hours per week. Overtime work is regulated by employment contract/collective agreements, and is paid at around 125%-150% of the regular rate.

Termination Process

Process

The termination process depends on the employment contract or Collective Agreement and reason for termination. It is mandatory to give notice for a termination.

Notice Period

Notice periods depend on on an employee’s seniority, and vary between 1-2 months of notice.

Severance Pay

Employees who have worked 1 year at their company are entitled to a severance payment based on the employee’s final wage, and is usually at least 3 weeks of the basic wage for every year of service.

Additional Information

N/A

OVERVIEW
Language(s):
Arabic
Currency:
Qatari Riyal (QAR)
Capital City:
Doha
Population:
2.7 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
30th
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
N/A
Employer TaxES
10%
(estimated)

★  10% - Labour Law Contribution

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How Remofirst employs in Qatar

It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Qatar get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Qatar are paid on time in Qatari Riyal (QAR). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Qatar, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.