Basic Salary in Qatar

pearl1003's picture
pearl1003

Hello Everyone! I'm just curious about what is the basic salary of expatriates here in doha? I mean, what is the rate per hour or how much is the daily wage? I know it will depend on what is your job too, but let's just say, what is the hourly rate of a regular employee?

I'm a graphic artist for 2 years already in Doha and still confused with how much should i really get monthly from the company. Is it normal for us to get 500QAR as our fixed overtime fee for one month (our work usually lasts for 12-16 hours a day)?

amnesia's picture
amnesia
06/12/2010

hi there,
that's a very general question.

Depends on education, the job, years experience, etc...
It is impossible to say of a regular employee.
Plus wages aren't based per hour but per month.

Perhaps one of the other members can shed some light!

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hmcpinoytennis
06/12/2010

Hi pearl. Amnesia is right, it really depends. But based on your calculations of 500QR for fixed OT in a month with an excess of 4hrs or 8 hrs a day, I guess you are under paid, or as we said, it really depends on your salary bracket and grades. Why your company calculated your fixed OT rather than based on your monthly wages? For me I can get a 500QR for a 16 hrs OT job. So, based on my calculations with your figures, for 4hrs excess everyday in one month let's say 6days per week so 28 days, you can get a 0.22 dirhams an hour, which is very very low. How about if we calculate 8hrs OT every day? For the graphic artist like you, this amount of OT is not deserving.

HPT for short

HPT for short

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pearl1003
13/12/2010

hmcpinoytennis Wrote:
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> Hi pearl. Amnesia is right, it really depends. But
> based on your calculations of 500QR for fixed OT
> in a month with an excess of 4hrs or 8 hrs a day,
> I guess you are under paid, or as we said, it
> really depends on your salary bracket and grades.
> Why your company calculated your fixed OT rather
> than based on your monthly wages? For me I can get
> a 500QR for a 16 hrs OT job. So, based on my
> calculations with your figures, for 4hrs excess
> everyday in one month let's say 6days per week so
> 28 days, you can get a 0.22 dirhams an hour, which
> is very very low. How about if we calculate 8hrs
> OT every day? For the graphic artist like you,
> this amount of OT is not deserving.

this underpaid issue for OT has been a problem for almost 3 years. We are always afraid to go to Human Rights Dept. to report the issue since our sponsor is from the Al Thani Group (are they the highest really?) From experiences in the Philippines, it is very hard to file cases against the richest and most powerful person/company, because in the end, it will turn out, that you have no right to fight about rights! Is it the same here in Qatar? i heard that even the richest in Qatar can not interfere with the law. If it's the law to do this and do that, even this Al Thani Group has to bow down and give their employees their rights. How true is it then?

amnesia's picture
amnesia
13/12/2010

Human Rights applies to everyone in Qatar. Doesn't matter what family.

Solution at the end of the day is to be as public as possible so the case isn't hidden :)

kzmali's picture
kzmali
01/08/2011

Hello everyone

What are the prospects of finding a job for a Canadian citizen with an MBA from USA in areas of HR, Admin. What salary range and benefits can I expect? When is the good time to land in Qatar

Thanks

amnesia's picture
amnesia
02/08/2011

A good time now would be around two weeks after Ramadan. (remember Ramadan moves every year so I'm just talking about this year).

I wouldn't be able to give you a salary range because it depends on the company, title and experience.

I'd say anything from 10k-40k p/m depending on the above.

kzmali's picture
kzmali
02/08/2011

Thanks for info. Is it good idea to land in Qatar for visit and look for job or to try from Canada? How is the job market overall there? What are good sources to find companies

Thanks

pearl1003's picture
pearl1003
13/12/2010

My basic salary was 2000QR, plus they offered me 500QR for a fixed OT rate. They said my basic salary will increase depending on your performance.

After 4 months, my salary increased to 500, and after a year, i increased another 500... All in all, im receiving 3500 a month.

From what i know, it is my basic salary that is increasing and NOT my OT fee. right? So i have 3000QR basic salary now, and a fixed OT rate of 500QR.... but according to Qatar Labor Law, article 74:

The workers may be required to work additional hours to the working hours
but shall not exceed ten hours.
The employer shall pay to the worker for the additional working hours
the rate of not less than the basic wage plus not less than 25% thereof.
The workers who work between 9pm and 6am shall be paid the basic wage
plus not less than 50% thereof with the exception of the shift workers.

Since we are working up to 1am or 2am, from 9am of the previous day, if we are going to calculate the number of hours we work everyday, sometimes we work up to 16 hours (double shift already), we should be getting more than 50% of our basic salary (am i right?)

if we will calculate 500QR as that 25% from 2000Qr (basic salary), it is correct. but OT should not be more than 2 hours everyday (workers should have 10 hours maximum hours of work if with OT everyday).

my calculation (correct me if im wrong)

one working day = 8 hours
one working day with OT = 10 hours
8 hours x 6 days a week x 4 weeks = basic salary
10 hours x 6 days a week x 4 weeks = basic salary plus 25% of it (if morning shift is only affected)
= basic salary plus 50% of it (if night shift is affected - 9pm to 6am)

I work on a day shift, plus i work on a night shift for OT = basic salary + 50% of it.
but since i work more than 10 hours day, i should be getting more than the basic salary with that 50% for OT!

I'M CRAZY TO CALCULATE LIKE THIS! MAYBE I'M DESPERATE TO GET WHAT I DESERVE. IM TIRED OF WORKING FOR FREE. I JUST HOPE THAT ONE HUMAN RIGHTS DEPT. OFFICER WILL READ MY BLOG AND OFFER INVESTIGATION IN OUR COMPANY!

:bang: (td) ::o

ANYWAY, THANKS FOR READING! JUST SHARING WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR STUDIO FOR A LONG TIME NOW! (any help?) :)

amnesia's picture
amnesia
14/12/2010

Overtime kicks in after 10 hours.
You are paid 25% additional overtime but the way you calculate it is by hours.

E.g. you work 5 days a week for 10 hours. that's 10X5 = 50 hours.

So to calculate your salary it is

[salary x 25% / 50 (hours)] then take that rate and multiply it by the number of hours overtime you worked.

Of course if your contract states fixed, it could mean that you waived your basic right.

pearl1003's picture
pearl1003
15/12/2010

there's no "fixed overtime fee" indicated in our contract. even my basic salary that has been increased, remains 2000 in the contract. meaning, our company do not even bother to correct or to update our contracts. when i asked them about this, they said i should not worry. as long as im receiving what we've talked about, thats it then! this worries me because if worse comes to worst, all of us in that company has no proof that we are receiving (like me for example) 3000 basic plus 500 overtime fee... :S

werror's picture
werror
29/05/2011

Please i want to know if a salary that was offered to me for a job in Doha is good.
32500 QR monthly .I have 3 children .Thanks .

amnesia's picture
amnesia
30/05/2011

1) depends on what you were making before.
2) What other benefits
3) 32k is a nice salary but with 3 kids education can be expensive.

mohamedrifky's picture
mohamedrifky
11/07/2011

salaam alaikum

dear sir

i am sign my agreement in sri lanka 900qr but my company changed my basic 800qr after arriving this is big issue or no
t what can i do

wassalam

rifky

rifky

amnesia's picture
amnesia
11/07/2011

check your contract. They have to pay you what is in your contract.

amnesia's picture
amnesia
03/08/2011

it's always better to search for a job while on the ground so you can go to meetings and interviews when needed. On the left of the site is a 'Working in Qatar' link. Click that for some job recruitment sites.

Take care

kzmali's picture
kzmali
03/08/2011

Thanks a lot for your advice.

arablaws's picture
arablaws
19/04/2012

As per our understanding, salary criteria is different for labour, skilled labour and highly professional labour and normally starts from 250QR to 50,000 QR. All depends on the kind of profession, skills, employer and the contract you signed with your employer. Regarding the working hours i would advise you to study qatar labour law and and qatar labour law amendments.

amnesia's picture
amnesia
04/05/2012

just to be extra clear. 50,000 QR basic would be for an Executive level at a major corporation.

arablaws's picture
arablaws
04/05/2012

Yes agreed, very true you are.

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biraj_romiyo
30/05/2012

Please Let Me knw the Basic food expenses in qatar & Laptop price & per month internet price also.

arablaws Wrote:
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> Yes agreed, very true you are.

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