The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs has announced the implementation of the new minimum wage for all workers, starting from Saturday, March 20, 2021. This is as per Law No. (17) of 2020 regarding setting the minimum wage for workers and domestic workers.
In this context, all companies must comply with the minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals per month and revise the employment contracts accordingly. In the event that the employer does not provide adequate housing or food for the worker or employee, the minimum housing allowance per month is 500 Qatari riyals, and the minimum food allowance per month is 300 Qatari riyals.
Last September, the Ministry announced a six-month transition period to modify the conclusion of contracts so that employers could be able to prepare for the transition.
The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs emphasizes that adopting minimum basic wage, housing and food would generate better relations between the employer and the employee. The State of Qatar is the first country in the region to adopt a non-discriminatory minimum wage, this has formed a fundamental pillar in the reform program and the transition plan to move towards a knowledge-based economy, as stipulated in Qatar Vision 2030.
Since the adoption of the law, the Ministry has conducted awareness campaigns for workers in multiple languages, in addition to reaching out to employers and companies, and has worked to establish regulations to support the implementation of the minimum wage in coordination with the various competent authorities in the country. This step is being implemented in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and in consultation with national and international experts and a wide range of workers and employers from different economic sectors.
Based on that, the Ministry calls on individuals and employers to apply the adoption of the minimum wage, and for inquiries, you can call the hotline 16008.
Source: Ministry Of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs
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