Finally, Qatar has set employee minimum salary for expatriate as $200 (750 Riyal / € 166) with major changes in the package of labor ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup. With a lot of continuous global scrutiny and criticism for the treatment of foreign workers in the country, a government of Qatar compels to set expatriate or employee minimum salary introducing minimum wage policy this week.
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According to the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Abdullah Saleh Al Khulaifi; temporary minimum wage policy comes into effect immediately.
Terms & Condition For Employee Minimum Salary Policy in Qatar
Besides the expatriate/employee minimum salary rule set, they will receive free accommodation, food and healthcare plans, covered by employers.
It is believed that one of the important changes in labor policy is introducing the employee minimum salary for foreign workers from which more than 2 millions foreign workers who are working in Qatar will be directly benefited.
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This is the very first time Qatar has been introduce employee minimum salary policy.
According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs; employment contact below 750 Riyals will not be approved. For your information, all employment contracts must be approved from Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in Qatar. It is said that 750 Riyals figure might be increased further after a complete review but for the moment employer cannot hire expatriate below this figure.
Additionally, another major change in labor law is a requirement to do job contracts with the government which will prevent the foreign workers to change the job after arriving in Qatar or to leaving the country.
As well as this will also preventing changes to contract terms after the arrival of workers in Qatar which is believed the crystal clear hands on benefit for expatriate since there are a lot of problem in between two parties (employer and employees) contradict in contract terms after arriving here in Qatar.
It is expected that this major reform in labor package will be enough to satisfy the UN’s international labor rights. Since being controversially able to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 by Qatar, they are spending $500 million a week on the tournament but they are continuously accused of forcing workers to toil in conditions.
It is hoped that introduction of expatriate minimum salary and other major reforms in labor law will be somehow addressing the global critics for the Qatar government.