In order to continue the efforts made by the State of Qatar to protect the rights of both employers and their employees, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) has announced an important positive step in the program of labor market reforms, under which the minimum wage has been set and processing transfer among different employers has been facilitated.
Law No. (17) of 2020 regarding setting the minimum wage for workers and domestic workers has been issued. The Ministry said that the minimum wage for workers and domestic workers has been set at 1,000 QRs per month. The Ministry explained that if employer does not provide adequate accommodation or food for worker or domestic worker, the minimum housing allowance shall be 500 QRs, and the minimum food allowance shall be 300 QRs.
Decree Law No. (18) of 2020 amending some provisions of Labor Law No. (14) of 2004 has been issued. In addition, Decree Law No. (19) of 2020 amending some provisions of 2004 Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence has been issued. Both decrees aim to protect the rights of both employers and their employees, under which processing transfer among employers has been facilitated. This will drive greater competition by allowing employees to change employers and helping employers in accessing to the skilled workers in the Qatar local market.
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