[Updated Feb. 17, 2023] The number one employee benefit in Qatar differs between national and foreign employees. For national employees, it is the state pension scheme. For foreign employees, who account for 95% of the Qatari workforce, it is housing and transportation allowances.
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For Qatari nationals only, a compulsory employee benefit for the state pension scheme of 21% of gross monthly salary has to be paid. The average monthly salary is 10,761 Riyals.
Further benefits may include housing and transportation allowance and health and life insurance. Regulations regarding a new health insurance scheme are still unclear.
As most of the workforce in Qatar is foreign, focus on expatriate labor regulations and visa regulations. Also, end-of-service payments are mandatory for both foreign and national employees. This equates to one month of base pay for every year of employment.
There is no personal income tax in Qatar which makes it a challenge to move employees away from the region.
This information about employee benefits in Qatar is provided by Nexus, Asinta’s employee benefits consulting partner in Qatar.