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Qatar: Pay and benefits

Original and updating authors: Frank Lucente and Carlo Procacci, Al Tamimi & Company

Consultant editor: Katrina Wilson, Hassan Al Khater Law Office

Summary

  • As in Qatar generally, pay rates in the Qatar Financial Centre are generally set by the individual employment contract. (See General)
  • In Qatar generally, employees whose remuneration is calculated on an annual or monthly basis must be paid at least once a month, and other employees must be paid at least every two weeks, while in the Qatar Financial Centre the employer must pay the employee at least monthly. (See Payment of wages)
  • Employers must not make deductions from an employee's remuneration other than in certain specified circumstances. (See Deductions)
  • As in Qatar generally, a female employee in the Qatar Financial Centre must be paid remuneration equivalent to that of a male employee, if she performs similar work. (See Equal pay)
  • There is no statutory minimum wage that applies in the private sector anywhere in Qatar (including the Qatar Financial Centre). (See Minimum wages)
  • Employers must contribute 10% of the gross pay of eligible Qatari employees to the state pension scheme while the employee contribution is set at 5% of gross pay. (See Pensions)
  • There is no system of personal income tax. (See Income tax and social security)
  • In Qatar generally, eligible employees who are absent from work owing to illness or injury are entitled to up to six weeks of paid sick leave in any year, while employees in the Qatar Financial Centre are eligible for up to 90 days of paid sick leave in any 12-month period. (See Pay for employees not at work)