Qatar becomes the first Gulf state to apply a national minimum wage for expat workers that has been widely welcomed by people including the International Labour Organisation.
Qatar , Qatar
26 March 2021, 12:00 AM
31 March 2021, 12:00 AM
A minimum wage for expatriate workers has taken effect in Qatar as part of labour reforms unveiled last August, according to Qatari media.
The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs announced the implementation of the new minimum wage for all workers beginning Saturday, the Qatari news agency QNA reported.
As per the new legislation, all employees will receive a minimum monthly wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals ($275), as well as a minimum of 300 riyals for food and 500 riyals for housing, unless the employer provides both.
According to ILO, more than 400,000 workers will get the benefit directly from the new legislation.
Minister of Administrative Development Yousuf Mohamed said that a committee will be formed and tasked with constant review of the minimum wage.