* Playroll continues to analyse immediate opportunities and fulfilled roles by recruitment partners, contractors and employers to identify in-demand jobs.

Capital City

Qatari riyal (ر.ق)



Employment Cost


Annual Leave

21 days

In-demand Specialties*
Construction, Healthcare, Hospitality

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Qatar

Simplify hiring employees in by partnering with Playroll. Our Employer of Record (EOR) handles hiring, onboarding, payroll, taxes, immigration, benefits administration, and compliance. While you maintain control of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.


Key Considerations Before Hiring In Qatar

Employing in Qatar requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in Qatar with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in Qatar quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Qatar's oil and gas sector is a primary investment focus, supported by government policies promoting international investment and local opportunities.

English proficiency among 70-80% of the population facilitates hiring for foreign employers, easing communication in business.

Tax-free employment income and low social security contributions enhance cost efficiency for businesses operating in Qatar.

The country's highly skilled workforce, ranked third globally in human development, offers employers access to a talented pool of individuals.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Qatar

Written employment contracts are mandatory in Qatar, with Arabic as the required language, but translations into foreign languages are permissible. Contracts may be indefinite or definite, with definite contracts limited to a maximum duration of 5 years. Essential details to include in employment contracts include:

  • Identification of both parties involved.
  • Commencement date of employment.
  • Detailed job description, including duties and responsibilities.
  • Employee's salary, payment method, and scheduled pay date.

Probationary Period in Qatar

In Qatar, probation periods are specified by the employment contract and cannot exceed six months.

Working hours in Qatar

The standard workweek is 48 hours. Employees can work 8 hours a day, six days a week. During Ramadan, the working day may be reduced to 6 hours. Fridays are usually a rest day.

Overtime in Qatar

In Qatar, overtime work is compensated according to contracts or collective agreements, with maximum limits on hours. Overtime exceeding 48 hours per week is paid at 125% of the average salary rate, while nighttime overtime is compensated at 150%.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Qatar

Qatar has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

April 1st - 31st March

Fiscal Year in Qatar

April 1st - 31st March is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Qatar use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Qatar

The payroll cycle in Qatar is usually monthly, with employees being paid as stipulated in the employment contract.
2 QAR p/h

Minimum Wage in Qatar

The minimum wage for employees in Qatar is typically 2 QAR per hour, amounting to ~1,000 QAR per month for a typical 48 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Qatar

In Qatar, the minimum monthly wage is 1,000 QAR. Employers who don't directly provide food and housing must offer allowances of at least 300 QAR for food and 500 QAR for housing.

Bonus Payments in Qatar

Employers in Qatar are not legally obliged to provide 13-month payments. Bonuses are at the discretion of the employers.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Qatar

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in Qatar's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in Qatar.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 10% on top of the employee salary in Qatar.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Qatar, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 5% – 8%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

Qatar does not impose taxes on employment income.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Qatar

Qatari government employees qualify for a state pension at 60 for men and 55 for women after 15 years of contributions. Early retirement at 40 is an option with the same contribution period. Contributions include 7% from employees, 14% from employers, and government contributions to total 21%.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in Qatar tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Qatar

When it comes to terminating employment in Qatar, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

Termination procedures in Qatar require a mandatory termination notice from either the employer or employee to initiate the dismissal process. These procedures are contingent upon factors such as:

  • Employment and collective agreements.
  • Contract type and reason.

Notice Period

In Qatar, the notice period for employees depends on their length of service:

  • 30 days' notice for employees with 1 year to less than 5 years of service
  • 60 days' notice for employees with over 5 years of service.

Severance Pay

To qualify for severance pay in Qatar, an employee must have completed one year of continuous service. The severance amount is calculated based on the final wage and comprises at least three weeks of the employee’s final basic wage for every year of service.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Qatar

The annual leave entitlement in Qatar is 21 days for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in Qatar

Qatar has 4 mandatory holidays in a year:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Qatar

Maternity Leave in Qatar

Paternity Leave in Qatar

Sick Leave in Qatar

Paid Bereavement Leave

Marriage Leave

Parental Leave In Qatar

Qatar's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Qatar

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in Qatar's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In Qatar

Make your benefits package in Qatar a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

  • Health Insurance
  • Workman's Compensation
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Qatar

In Qatar, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour, and Social Affairs (MADLSA) administers the social security system, providing protection to residents and nationals against various risks. Benefits include:

  • Public Retirement Pension Fund (PRPF)
  • Hamad Medical Card
  • QID
  • Labor Contract
  • Workmen Compensation

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Qatar within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Qatar create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Qatar

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in Qatar.

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Accelerated Immigration Timeline

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