[Qatar] How minimum wage and labour mobility law reform will impact contractors

[Qatar] How minimum wage and labour mobility law reform will impact contractors
16 Sep 2020

A new law providing a guaranteed minimum wage for workers in the private sector and easing the process for foreign workers to move to new employers will take effect in Qatar in October. It introduces a non-discriminatory minimum wage for all private-sector workers - including domestic workers - and removes the requirement for non-Qatari citizens to get a 'No-Objection Certificate' (NOC) from their employer before transferring to a new employer. 


The new provisions will potentially have a significant impact on contractors. All employment contracts will have to be updated, where workers earn less than the minimum wage. The labour market will experience greater competition from the new flexibility for employees to change employers and employers will be able to seek out the best local talent. Pinsent Masons examines the law and its implications.

A new law providing a guaranteed minimum wage for workers in the private sector and easing the process for foreign workers to move to new employers will take effect in Qatar in October. It introduces a non-discriminatory minimum wage for all private-sector workers - including domestic workers - and removes the requirement for non-Qatari citizens to get a 'No-Objection Certificate' (NOC) from their employer before transferring to a new employer. 


The new provisions will potentially have a significant impact on contractors. All employment contracts will have to be updated, where workers earn less than the minimum wage. The labour market will experience greater competition from the new flexibility for employees to change employers and employers will be able to seek out the best local talent. Pinsent Masons examines the law and its implications.

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