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Qatar: Recruitment and selection

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

Consultant editor: Katrina Wilson, Hassan Al Khater Law Office

Summary

  • While an employer licensed by the Qatar Financial Centre must not refuse to employ, or discriminate against a person regarding employment, because of certain specified characteristics of that person, in Qatar generally there is no legislation specifically prohibiting discrimination in recruitment and selection. (See Discrimination)
  • In Qatar generally, employers are obliged to inform the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs of any job vacancies, within one month of the vacancy arising, giving details of the job description and pay. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • While in Qatar generally Qatari nationals require a "registration certificate" issued by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs in order to enter employment, this is not the case for Qatari nationals recruited by an employer licensed by the Qatar Financial Centre. (See General)
  • In Qatar generally, there are various rules relating to the employment of young people. (See Young people and children)
  • In order to be employed anywhere in Qatar (including the Qatar Financial Centre), foreign nationals are required to have a valid residency visa that permits the holder to work. (See Foreign nationals)
  • In Qatar generally, Qatari nationals must be given priority in employment, while employers licensed by the Qatar Financial Centre are not legally required to give such priority to Qatari nationals. (See Priority for employment)
  • As in Qatar generally, employers in the Qatar Financial Centre must maintain employee, payroll, occupational injury and end-of-service registers. (See Record-keeping)