Changes in Qatar’s labour laws: ‘sponsorship’ system abolished.
ISLAMABAD: Qatar has introduced major changes to its labour laws, making it the first country in the region where migrant workers will not have to obtain permission from their employers (companies or employers) to change jobs.
After the change in labour laws, employees in Qatar can adopt the minimum wage system without discrimination.
Qatar’s new labour law also removed the exit permit requirement and sponsorship system earlier this year.
Under a new law announced on August 30, migrant workers can change jobs before their contract expires, for which they will no longer need to obtain a NOC (Objectionable Permit) from their employers.
According to the legislation passed at the same time, the minimum wage will be one thousand Qatari riyals, which will come into force six months after the publication of the law in the official gazette.
According to the law, the minimum wage will apply to all sectors, including all workers, all nationalities and households.
In addition to the basic minimum wage, employers must ensure that workers are provided with adequate housing and food.
According to new labor laws in Qatar, if the employer does not provide better food and accommodation to its employees, it will be obliged to pay employees an allowance of at least 300 to 500 Qatari riyals.
Changes in labor laws are seen as important in light of Qatar’s desire for a more skilled and better workforce for its ‘National Vision 2030’.
The excellent manpower will also help to handle the economic situation arising out of Code 19 in Qatar.
On the other hand, the International Labor Organization (ILO) has welcomed the changes in Qatar’s labor market.
Guy Ryder, director general of the ILO, said Qatar had kept its promise to give workers more freedom and protection, as well as more choice for employers.
Qatar’s Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Youssef Mohammed Usman said his country was committed to creating a modern and active labour market.