Country Payroll Guide Qatar

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Key Facts

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Qatari Riyal (QAR)
the standard rate is 5%



Social Security
Social Security - 10%
Total Employment Cost
Total Employment Cost - 10%


Social Security
Social Security - 5%
Total Employee Cost
Total Employee Cost - 5%

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage

The monthly minimum wage in Qatar is 1,000 QAR. Employers must also pay allowances of at least 300 QAR for food and 500 QAR for housing if they do not provide workers with these directly.


Payroll Cycle
13th Salary

There is no 13th salary.

Working Hours

General Working Hours

48 hours per week.


Hours worked above 48 are paid at an additional 25%. Night work is paid at an additional 50%.


Paid Time Off

15 days of paid leave after one year of service and 20 days after five years of service.

Public Holidays

11 days.

Sick Days

Two weeks of paid sick leave, after three months of service. A medical certificate is required.

Maternity Leave

Female employees receive 50 days paid leave which can begin before the baby is born.

Paternity Leave

No paternity leave.

Parental Leave

No parental leave.

Other Leave

Hajj pilgrimage leave for Muslim employees only: two weeks unpaid, available once during employment period.


Termination Process

Employees with indefinite contracts can be terminated at will with one months’ notice for those with less than five years’ service, and two months for those with more than five years’ service.

Notice Period

Those employed for 1-5 years are required to provide one month’s notice. Those employed for over five years must provide two months’ notice.

Severance Pay

Employees leaving a position are entitled to EOSB (end of service benefits). These benefits are agreed upon mutually between employer and employee and must equal at least three weeks of employees’ gross salary for each year employed.

Probation Period

Six months.


Employment Visa

Qatar require a Work Residence Permit. During the process, the candidate gets a temporary visa, which becomes the work permit when the process is completed, usually in the range of two to four weeks, though it could be longer. In order to leave the country, the foreign employee must request an exit visa, which requires approval from the employer. Work Resident Permits can be renewed.