The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) announced yesterday, Saturday the implementation of new minimum wages for all workers, starting from Saturday, 20 March 2021. This comes in implementation of Law No. 17 of 2020 regarding setting the minimum wage for workers and domestic workers.
In this context, the Ministry said that companies must comply with the minimum basic wage of QR1,000 when concluding contracts. In addition, the employer should allocate an allowance if adequate housing and food for the worker or domestic worker are not provided. The minimum housing allowance is QR500, while food allowance is QR300, with the obligation to amend the employment contracts, as the Ministry said.
MADLSA emphasized that adopting minimum basic wage, housing and food would generate better relations between the employer and the employee. The Ministry added that the State of Qatar is the first country in the region to adopt a non-discriminatory minimum wage, which is a fundamental pillar in the reform program and the transition plan toward a knowledge-based economy, as stipulated in Qatar National Vision 2030.
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