Introducing a compensation and Qatar benefits management package is critical to your company’s success. Your plan needs to be competitive compared to what other companies in your industry are offering, and it needs to meet or exceed Qatar’s compensation laws.
If you don’t have the time to source benefits or simply don’t know where to start, Globalization Partners can help. We offer Qatar benefits and compensation outsourcing services for companies expanding to the country. You won’t have to establish a subsidiary before you can give out benefits and compensation, and you can feel confident knowing you’re compliant.
Qatar Compensation Laws
Qatar did not have a national wage until 2017, when it set the rate at 750 riyals ahead of the 2022 World Cup. This policy was introduced as a temporary one for migrant workers, however, in 2021, Qatar set a mandatory minimum wage for all workers of 1,000 riyal.
Guaranteed Benefits in Qatar
All Qatar benefits management plans should first include guaranteed benefits to make sure you’re staying compliant. Qatar celebrates four holidays, for which employees get varying time off. Employers also give employees three working days off for holidays. Employees who have worked for at least one year get three weeks of paid leave, then four weeks after five years of service.
Usually, employers will give employees a round-trip ticket to their home country when they take their vacation. You should clarify if that ticket will be provided for the whole family or just the employee in your employment contract. Keep in mind that Muslim employees are entitled to an unpaid pilgrimage leave for up to two weeks. They can take this leave only once during their employment.
Qatar Benefits Management
One of the best ways to disperse benefits and increase retention rates is by providing additional benefits that employees may expect. One common benefit is supplementary health and life insurance. You should specify whether you’re providing this benefit to just the employee or the employee and their family in the employment contract.
Total compensation for employees in Qatar also includes salary, a housing allowance, and a transportation allowance. Some employees also care about education allowances for their children. We recommend negotiating the total compensation package and seeing what allowances and bonuses are taxable or not.
Restrictions for Benefits and Compensation
Companies expanding to Qatar through traditional methods have to establish a subsidiary before providing compensation and benefits. Unfortunately, it can take months before you incorporate, which will delay the rest of your operations. However, working with Globalization Partners eliminates this restriction by using our existing subsidiary. We’ll add employees we hire to our Qatar benefits management plan and payroll, but they’ll be assigned to work for you. Your company won’t have to worry about Qatar compensation laws or staying compliant.
Qatar Competitive Benefits Planning
Benefits are a significant aspect of hiring a team and building a company. When you’re ready to grow in a new country, you’ll need to understand the regulations and expectations surrounding employee benefits. With the right approach, employee benefits planning in Qatar can be the root of your success.
About your Qatar employee benefits plans
Your benefits plan is a way to encourage growth in new countries. In the recruitment phase, a well-thought benefits package can persuade talented workers to apply for your vacancies, helping you build your team.
Once you have a team in a new country, the provisions you offer can improve morale in the workplace. When employees feel that a company values their contributions, they’re more likely to put forth their best effort. They’re also more likely to stay with the company. Increased retention rates can help you build an experienced team and limit spending on onboarding.
Possible fringe benefits can include:
- Health insurance schemes
- Transportation allowances
- Housing allowances
- Holiday bonuses
Required benefits and compliance
While fringe benefits can make your company more competitive in the labor market, you should consider compliance first. The labor laws in Qatar describe a few provisions every employer must provide. These requirements include:
- Paid annual leave
- Paid sick leave
- Pension contributions for Qatar citizens
Designing Qatar employee benefits plans
If you’re hiring a team in a new country, designing your benefits plan can be challenging. The right approach to the planning process can help you address the many aspects of benefits, from financial concerns to market standards.
1. Set a budget
It’s easy to overspend on benefits without limitations. Examine your financial capabilities to determine how much you’re willing to spend on your employees’ provisions.
2. Learn about the labor market
You can only compete with other companies if you understand the market at large. Research companies in the area to find out which benefits are commonly offered. Employees will probably expect these market standards even though they’re not legally required.
3. Decide on benefits
With the information you’ve gathered, you can choose provisions that reflect the market and fit within your budget. Start with the required provisions and add more as your funds allow.
Average cost of benefits
With every employer paying a different price for benefits, an average cost isn’t the most helpful metric for your planning process. Factors such as location, industry, and size can affect how much a company chooses to pay for benefits.
Rather than relying on an average, you can create a budget unique to your revenue. Setting a percentage for your benefits spending is an easy way to modify your budget as your revenue changes. When your company grows, you can scale your employee provisions accordingly.
How to calculate benefits
Benefits calculations will vary depending on the provision. If you choose to provide an end-of-year bonus, for example, you can set an amount and divide it evenly among your employees. The same rule applies to transportation and housing allowances.
You can find information about calculating the required benefits in the labor laws. Pension contributions are among the more complex calculations you’ll need to make as an employer. While employees contribute 5 percent of their earnings, employers are responsible for 10 percent.
How are employee benefits taxed in Qatar?
The country does not impose income tax on employees’ salaries and associated earnings.
Employee health benefits
Employers are not required to provide health insurance for their employees, but they may choose to offer a scheme as a supplemental benefit.
Work with Globalization Partners to build your global team
Globalization Partners’ global employment platform helps you build and scale an international team quickly and easily, ensuring all benefits offered to candidates are compliant and in line with local regulations. Contact us today to learn more.