Qatar: New Labor Laws Introduced

3. September 2020  


In a noteworthy development the State of Qatar has introduced integral changes to its Labor Law, by abolishing the so-called "Kafala" or sponsorship system and setting minimum wages for private sector workers. These changes were made on 30 August 2020 by adopting three new laws:

Law No. 17 of 2020 sets the minimum (basic) wage for all private sector workers at QR 1,000 per month. Furthermore, employers are directed to allocate QR 500 and QR 300 / month as housing and food allowances, respectively.

Law No. 18 of 2020, abolishes the requirement for migrant workers to obtain their employer’s permission (No Objection Certificate) to change jobs. This new law, coupled with the removal of exit permit requirements earlier in the year, effectively dismantles the “kafala” sponsorship system.

Law No. 19 of 2020 sets the notice requirements for termination of jobs. To terminate an employment contract and change jobs, workers must provide at least one month’s written notice if they have worked with the employer for two years or less, or two months’ notice if they have worked with the employer for over two years.