Last Update by Katie, 07 Jun 2024

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Exchange Rate

23 Jun 2024


Cost of Living

Indicative value for a working adult in a city: Doha

Publicly available data (Numbeo, etc..), verified by Marco’s in-country staff

Living Requirement Indicative Amount (QAR)
McDonalds Set Meal 24
Monthly Train and Bus Tickets 120
3 Bedrooms Rental (City Center) 12,000
3 Bedrooms Rental (Outskirt) 7,000

Current Inflation Rate



Minimum Wages

  • ,000 QAR per month- employers must allocate (unless provided) 500 QAR accommodation and 300 QAR food allowance per month

Median Salary

Estimated based on general positions such as HR, Accounting, Admin roles, in tier one cities.

Job Level Monthly Salary (QAR)
Fresh Graduate
5 Years
Experienced & Managerial Level
10 Years
Specialized & Senior-Level
15 Years

Annual Salary Growth


Statutory Contribution

Social Security contributions are calculated based on basic salary plus allowances, capped at 100,000 QAR.

Country Level

Type Employer Rates Employee Rates Notes
Public Retirement Pension Fund (PRPF) 14%
Capped at 100,000 QAR per month
7% All staff excluding expats
Hamad Medical Care 100 QAR per year - Per staff member
QID (Qatari ID)- Mandatory 1,220 QAR per year - All staff members including expats

Other Benefit

Other common employment benefits in Qatar include:

  • Supplementary health and life insurance: Around 950 QAR per month

Income Tax


  • Tax period: 1st January- 31st December
    Filing Due Date: September
  • No personal Income Tax.

Working Hours


40 hours
8 hours a day, 5 days a week

Typical practice

48 hours
Sunday-Thursday 08:00-18:00


Paid at 125% of the normal rate of pay.

  • Work between 21:00 -03.00: 150% normal rate of pay
    Staff with managerial or supervisory positions: no overtime paid

Employment Contract

Fixed Term

Contract Format

Must be in written form in Arabic


Up to 6 months

Contract Period

cannot exceed 5 years and can be renewed if both parties agree. If employment continue after its expiry it will turn into an indefinite contract.


Employers terminating the contract without the staff member's consent are required to pay wages and other benefits in full for the remainder of the term.

Public Holiday

10 days

Country Level

Date Name
13 Feb National Sports Day
11 Apr - 12 Apr Eid al-Fitr
17 Jun - 19 Jun Eid al-Adha
18 Dec Qatar National Day


Leave Type Entitlement Notes
Annual Leave 3 weeks
4 weeks
20 working days
All staff with 1 year's service
All staff with 5+ year's service
All staff in Free Zones
Sick Leave 12 weeks
60 working days
All staff after 3 months' service
All staff in Free Zones
Maternity Leave 50 calendar days
14 weeks
All expectant mothers with 1 years' service
All staff in Free Zones
Bereavement Leave 3 days
7 days
All staff for a relative's death inside the country
All staff for a relative's death abroad


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