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Average wage for Qatar's expat labourers revealed

New research says uneducated worker earns $330 per month, $704 for educated labourers

Average wage for Qatar's expat labourers revealed
The average uneducated expat labourer earns about QR1,200 ($330) a month working in Qatars burgeoning construction industry, a survey has revealed. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

The average uneducated expat labourer earns about QR1,200 ($330) a month working in Qatar's burgeoning construction industry, a survey has revealed.

Labourers with some education take home more than double that ($704), according to the results of a research study by the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the Qatar University.

The survey, published by Arabic papers in the Gulf state and cited by daily Gulf Times, added that up to 80 percent of expat labourers - most of whom come from the sub continent, said they were satisfied with their job and living conditions.

According to the findings, labourers said they were happy to work nine hours a day for six days in a week.

They added that their wages were generally paid on time nd they were able to remit a substantial part of their earnings to their families back home.

The focus of the study was mainly on labourers living in labour camps, the paper said. Domestic maids and servants were excluded.

Qatar's potential workforce is expected to rise by nearly half a million people by 2030, an increase of 30 percent, a report by Euromonitor International said earlier this month.

Driven by immigration, Qatar’s population grew at an average rate of nearly 12 percent per year in 2000-2010 but the pace will slow dramatically in later years.

The growth is expected to continue as the Gulf state embarks on a number of huge infrastructure projects, such as preparation for the 2022 World Cup and a nationwide railway network.

However, by 2020-2030, the average rate will fall to just 1.2 percent per year, the study added.

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Mustafa 8 years ago

this article is complete and total rubbish. Many labors make less than that, work way more than 9 hours a day, and find me a single individual who "said they were satisfied with their job and living conditions." Considering the source of this study was "the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the Qatar University", I'm not too surprised.
I would like to ask all the wealthy people of this nation to start living in the some conditions if their so great. This is another justification for what is really modern day slavery.

Qatari #1 8 years ago

I agree with your comment

Ali Ibn Badr 8 years ago

I wonder who did the survey - this is shameful when the authors know the real truth. I know of workers earning as little as QAR600 a month.

rehman 8 years ago

I am working with Labours and they earn maximum 800 with over time means 10 hours duty.. they didnt have time to take bath,cooking and dinner..they sleep 5 hours only...shame on the person who did this survey...

BIMS RATAN 5 years ago

I Want to know that, at present value Qatar hasbeen pay by a labour how much wage a week or a month? please Help Me this info. Thankyou!

tfg 5 years ago

If they are unhappy, they can always go back to their glorious sub continent, where the average wage is 300 and half of the capital live in slums and defecate in the open. Where human rights is at the bottom of the global scale as well as every other development indicator. Shame on the shameless who try to shame the region.