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Retirement age in Qatar

Qatari nationals employed by the government are eligible to receive a state pension at the age of 60. But, the pension amount will be dependent on the last drawn salary of the employee at the time of retirement. The social allowance benefits are given based on their social needs.

The Pension System in Qatar is administered by the General Retirement and Pension Authority (GRPA). The authority is responsible of offering social protection to retired nationals and their families (in case of demise of the employee, with the pensions being allocated as per the Retirement and Pension Law). The GRPA is also responsible for raising awareness of the pension law in all sectors of the society.

The Qatari pension scheme is open to employees in ministries, public institutions, agencies, joint stock companies and others as determined by the Council of Ministers. The GRPA also issues pensions to civilian and military retirees, or to their eligible beneficiaries in the event of death.

Expatriates are not eligible for pensions from the Qatari government. While the retirement age for nationals in public sector jobs is 60yrs, there is no age limit for retirement for employees in private sector jobs. Here, people well above the age of 60 or 70yrs continue to work in private sectors.

The only problem in private sector is that sponsorship change is not allowed for expatriate employees over 60yrs of age, and written requests are made to renew their visas. Moreover, a new retirement law likely to come up in Qatar, will ensure that employers contribute regularly to some state-run corpus. This is because, with several locals beginning to join private sectors, the private sector should prepare to offer employment and retirement benefits to nationals. In any case, the new Retirement Law is hoped to cover the private sector as well. However, the law will not cover employees who do not hold a valid Qatari passport.

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