State gives priority to Qataris on public sector jobs

Qatar approves human resources legislation governing state employment

Qatari citizens are to be given priority for government and other public sector jobs, under a new law approved this week, local media said.

The country’s law on ‘civil human resources’ applies to state employees at government ministries and departments, as well as other public organisations.

After citizens priority is to be given – in this order – to children of Qatari women married to non-Qataris; non-Qatari spouses of Qatari citizens, other GCC nationals, Arab expats and other nationalities, Gulf Times reported.

The legislation does not apply to judges, assistant judges, members of the Public Prosecution and their assistants, employees of the prime minister, employees of the diplomatic and consulate service, university teaching staff, Qatar Petroleum employees, Qatar Investment Authority employees and employees of the State Audit Bureau.

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs is preparing guidance on the classification of public sector jobs, and government entities and others will need to have job advertisements approved by the minister before publishing, the newspaper said.

The law contains other regulations to govern the employment of state staff, for example, that they will be subject to a three-month probationary period; receive a social bonus and housing and transport allowances, as well as other compensation for overtime, telephone use, furniture, private cars and so on.

It also stipulates that if a single day separates two official holidays, it will be considered a holiday as well. And it specifies 16 types of leave open to government employees, with the total annual holiday allowance ranging from 30 to 45 days depending on rank, plus seven days of “casual leave” each year.

Meanwhile, employers are not permitted to penalise or otherwise punish staff without due interrogation, it was reported, and the law sets out a lengthy list of reasons for which employment contracts can be terminated.

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