Qatar has removed the no-objection certificate (NOC) requirement for moving jobs as part of a number of labour law reforms.
As of August 30, expatriate workers no longer need to obtain a NOC from their previous employer in order to switch jobs before the end of their contract.
Employees must give one month’s written notice if they have worked for the company for two years or less, increasing to two months’ notice after this.
According to the Qatar News Agency, the move will “drive greater competition in Qatar's labor market by allowing employees to change employers”.
ADLSA pointed to Decree Law No. 18 of 2020 and Decree Law No. 19 of 2020 amending some provisions regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, which will drive greater competition in Qatar's labor market by allowing employees to change employers. #QNA— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) August 30, 2020
Commenting on the changes, HE Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs, said, “The State of Qatar is committed to creating a modern and dynamic labour market.
“In line with Qatar Vision 2030, these new laws mark a major milestone in this journey and will benefit workers, employers, and the nation alike.”
The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) has also introduced a non-discriminatory minimum wage.
All private sectors must earn a basic wage of QR1,000 per month, as well as QR500 per month for accommodation and QR300 per month for food, unless this is provided already.