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Changes in the labour market in Qatar: Dismantling the kafala system and introducing a minimum wage mark new era for Qatar lab…

Changes in the labour market in Qatar

Dismantling the kafala system and introducing a
minimum wage mark new era for Qatar labour market
Greater freedom to change jobs, combined with a non-discriminatory minimum
wage, will benefit employers and workers alike
Press release | 30 August 2020

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DOHA (ILO News) – In a historic move, the State of Qatar has introduced major changes to its
labour market, ending the requirement for migrant workers to obtain their employer’s
permission to change jobs, while also becoming the first country in the region to adopt a nondiscriminatory minimum wage.
Following the adoption on 30 August 2020 of Law No. 18 of 2020, migrant workers can now
change jobs before the end of their contract without first having to obtain a No Objection
Certificate (NOC) from their employer. This new law, coupled with the removal of exit permit
requirements earlier in the year, effectively dismantles the “kafala” sponsorship system and
https://www.ilo.org/beirut/projects/qatar-office/WCMS_754391/lang--en/index.htm#:~:text=Following the adoption on 30,(NOC) from their employer

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