Employment Issues in Qatar


With its successful bid for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the dramatic increase in the number of building developments undertaken in the country, Qatar is set to embark on an ambitious program of infrastructure investments and more jobs will need to be created in order to keep up with the projected spending.

The latest Bayt.com Middle East and North Africa Job Index Survey, March 2014, shows that the Qatar job market is indeed expected to open up considerably in the next three months, with seven out of 10 companies expecting to create up to 10 new positions. Most of these will be with large or multinational private companies, presenting exciting opportunities for new graduates and first-time employees in particular.

According to the survey, the majority of jobs in Qatar will be for junior executives (42%), coordinators (32%), and executives (26%). A large number of Qatar companies are looking for receptionists (18%), secretaries, (15%) and engineers (14%). When it comes to qualifications, Qatar employers are especially keen on candidates with engineering degrees (32%). The ability to be a team player is also of top appeal to 54% of Qatar employers. In terms of experience, employers in Qatar are looking for candidates with a background in management (35%) and computer skills (27%).

The same survey reveals that 66% of people in Qatar believe that their current industry is more attractive than any other. In terms of attracting and retaining top talent in Qatar, the construction industry is considered by 49% of surveyed professionals to be the most popular. Oil, gas and petrochemicals (37%) and banking and finance (33%) are also perceived as extremely popular with Qatar top talent.

Qatar residents are also keen on the local job prospects, with 66% stating that the country is more attractive than other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

In terms of salary packages, Doha is considered to have the most competitive salaries in the region according to 44% of respondents who took part in the Bayt.com ‘Top Cities in the Middle East and North Africa’ survey, July 2013. When asked about job availability in their country of residence, Doha came in the second position at 45% (just after Riyadh at 49%).

On another note, the Bayt.com 2013 MENA Salary Survey has revealed that 62% of professionals in Qatar believe that their current salary is lower than that of other companies in their industry, with only 5% stating a high level of satisfaction with their current remuneration.

According to this survey, a third (35%) of Qatar professionals save up to 15% of their monthly personal income; four in 10 (41%) repatriate 15% or more.

When asked whether salaries are increasing or decreasing in their country of residence, 26% of Qatar respondents said that they are ‘increasing marginally’, with an additional 31% stating they are ‘increasing moderately’, and 14% state that they are staying the same.

Factors causing salaries in Qatar to increase are considered to be inflation and the rising cost of living (56%), growth in opportunities and economic growth (46%), and pay rises in the public sector (18%). Reasons for salaries not increasing are seen to be employer-friendly laws (27%), the poor economy (22%), and more top talents than available jobs (18%).

Half of Qatar professionals (54%) plan to look for a better job in the same industry in the next 12 months, while 32% will look for a better job in a different industry and 30% will look to other Middle Eastern countries for better jobs (as per the Bayt.com MENA Salary Survey 2013). This could be because 23% of respondents believe that there is an excess supply of talent in Qatar.

In terms of employment opportunities, 30% of Qatar respondents state that ‘there are plenty of jobs available across various industries’, and 21% believe that ‘there are plenty of jobs available across few industries’. Six out of 10 (58%) of all Qatar respondents expect an increase in the number of jobs in Qatar in the next six months, while 15% expect the situation to remain the same (as per the Bayt.com Consumer Confidence Index Survey, March 2014).


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