By Ed Attwood
Law dictates jobs cannot be offered to foreigners if Qatari candidates are available.
In a first for Qatar, a number of companies are being taken to court after failing to ensure that a sufficient quota of local citizens has been employed.
The Peninsula reported that inspectors from the Department of Labour had come across a series of cases where administrative jobs not requiring any specific skills or training had been offered to expatriates.
Current legislation dictates that jobs cannot be offered to foreigners if suitable Qatari candidates are available.
But a local official told the newspaper that there were hardly any locals interested in that type of position.
“We don’t find the right candidates even to fill in jobs that don’t call for much expertise,” Mohammed bin Ahmed Tawar Al Kuwari, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s executive director, told the Peninsula.
Other sources told the paper that despite formal requests to the Ministry of Labour to provide them with locals for employment, there had been no results.
A QCCI official also informed the paper that lower pay scales and perks, working in two shifts and a lack of social security schemes are other reasons that discourage Qataris from joining the private sector.
While it is a welcome move on the part of the Qatar Govt., tell me how many Qataris are ready to work in the Skills category like in Construction-Oil & Gas-MEP-sites? Are they ready to work in the hot sun and in Shamaal winds? NO! If they only opt for Admin jobs in Banks,Airports, and Hotel Back-offices, then who will build the Towers and other Infra-structure projects.? It is just NOT PRACTICAL!!
In the same article read once again, but this time slowly, the comment of Mr. Al Kuwari from the chamber of commerce.