Hire and pay employees in

Qatar, hassle-free

Hire and pay employees in Qatar, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Qatar. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

The average onboarding time frame in Qatar is 15 days with Deel.

Currency

QAR

Capital

Doha

Official Language

Arabic

Payroll Cycle

Monthly

Onboard, pay and manage employees in Qatar with Deel.

Usually, to hire in Qatar, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.

Deel lets you hire employees in Qatar quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more. For your existing direct employees, we can manage your entire payroll operation from end-to-end.

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All the necessary benefits for Qatar
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Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Qatar within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

  • Private Health Insurance
  • Workmen Insurance
  • GRISA Social Security - (Nationals and GSC only)

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Minimum Wage Requirements

In Qatar, the minimum monthly wage is divided in three categories:

  • Basic salary – QAR 1,000/- per month
  • Food Allowance – QAR 300/- per month
  • Housing Allowance – QAR 500/- month

Individual Income Tax

There is no income tax in Qatar.

Payroll Cost

The monthly employer cost will depend on the employee’s nationality and the health insurance category selected.

Cost Type

Conditions and Amount

Workmen Compensation insurance

350.0000 QAR billed annually 

GRISA - Social Security (Qatar/GSC National only) 

14% of basic salary and housing allowance 

Health Insurance 

QAR 3,330 to SAR QAR 5,150

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Overtime payment is mandatory. Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. For additional hours, employees are paid:

  • 125% of the hourly rate
  • 150% of the hourly rate for public holidays 

Maternity Leave

Employees who have worked for 12 consecutive months are entitled to 50 days of paid leave. The remaining days can be divided into two periods of time. The employee will receive 100% of the salary during this period, and Employer will be responsible for this pay.

Paternity Leave

There is no paternity leave currently required by law.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for up to 6 weeks. This leave is paid at different rates and by different payers depending upon length:

Period

Pay

Payer

0 - 14 days

100%

Employer

14 - 42 days

50% of base salary

Employer

Termination Requirements

Terminations in Qatar can be complex. There is no at-will termination in Qatar for employers outside the probation period and termination must be done for just cause.

Compliant terminations include:

  • Voluntarily by the employee
  • By mutual agreement
  • Unilaterally by the employer based on:
    • probation period
    • objective grounds
    • disciplinary dismissal
    • performance due to unsuitability for the job
  • By expiration of the contract

Notice Period

The minimum notice period is 30 days and will be increased according to the length of the employment.

  • 30 days if the length of service is less than 5 years
  • 60 days if the length of service is greater than 5 years

During the probation period, the notice is 3 days

Severance for Employees

In Qatar, all employees who are terminated are entitled to severance pay. Severance pay is based on years of service as follows: 

  • 3 weeks of salary per year of service up to 5 years of service
  • 4 weeks of salary per year of service up to 10 years of service
  • 5 weeks of salary per year of service for greater than 10 years of service 

Paid Time Off

Both full-time and part-time employees are entitled to 16 working days of paid time off (PTO) a year. PTO accrues monthly at 1.33 days per month. Employees are eligible for annual leave after 12 months of work. 

Public Holidays

Qatar celebrates 4 national holidays over 8 days.

National public holidays include:

  • National Sports Day - 1 day
  • Eid Al Adha - 3 days
  • Eid Al Fitr - 3 days
  • National Day - 1 day

Onboarding

The onboarding timeline will depend if the employee requires a visa and the type applied: 

  • Qatari Nationals and GSC: 15-20 business days after MSA signature and deposit payment
  • Visa in-country (Visa transfer, with NOC) 20 business days after MSA signature and deposit payment
  • Visa out of country: 60-120 business days after MSA signature and deposit payment

Employment Contract Details

Contracts are in English. They must be in writing and signed by both parties.

A contract must include:

  • name
  • start date
  • length of the employment
  • job description
  • termination conditions

Probation Period

The minimum probation period is 30 days and the maximum probation period is 180 days.
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With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Qatar with our EOR solution. If you have an entity, our Global Payroll solution takes care of payroll and compliance for your direct employees. Our 250+ in-house experts handle everything from managing local laws, complex tax systems, or your payroll in Qatar and 150+ countries.

Group (8)

999 USD

Management fee

Group (9)

14-18%

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