Qatar has taken steps toward making it easier for foreign workers to switch employers as part of the country’s efforts to improve conditions for foreign workers.
Foreign nationals working in Qatar will soon be allowed to change jobs before their contract ends without needing to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their employer. The elimination of the NOC requirement applies to all workers, but there are still some job change rules to follow for certain kinds of workers. Private-sector workers under Labor Law No 14 of 2004 who are changing their jobs must meet the following requirements:
Workers who wish to change their jobs and end their employment contracts during the probation period for a new job are allowed to do so if they meet the following requirements:
The current sponsorship transfer process will continue to operate until the new system is implemented.
The changes are part of Qatar’s efforts to dismantle its controversial “kafala system,” which has drawn international criticism, especially as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Recently passed legislation also sets a first-of-its kind minimum wage at 1,000 Qatari riyals per month; employers who do not provide housing and food for their workers will be required to provide additional allowances.
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