Payroll Process in Qatar

Managing an organization’s payroll for all of its employees takes a lot of time and effort. Entrust the core payroll activities like Wages Protection System (WPS), Minimum salary requirements, statutory leaves, End of Service Gratuity and much more to the established and trusted solutions provider. Employing HLB HAMT, one of the leading payroll outsourcing firms, to precisely monitor your payroll process will ensure that everything runs well.

For more than 23 years, HLB HAMT has served clients throughout the GCC, the Middle East, and Africa. HLB HAMT has a long history of servicing clients in a variety of sectors. We combine our extensive experience with cutting-edge technology to offer you payroll services that are both reasonable and simple to understand. Our experts are based regionally and are familiar with all aspects of payroll processing for clients all around the world.

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    Payroll Services in Qatar

    Qatar is a developed and one of the prosperous countries in the Arab world with a high-income economy that is driven by the world’s third-largest natural gas and oil deposits. The nation has a sizable expatriate community that surpasses the local population. Expansion to Qatar is a good approach to get your business started in the Middle East and create key strategic partnerships.

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    To be statutory complied with Qatar labour law and other employment requirements, you must take into account a number of payroll parameters. Below are some of the most important Qatar payroll rules, procedures and practices.

    Minimum Salary

    The new minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals will be applicable to all workers. Companies should also provide food and accommodation to its workers or an allowance of QAR 500 per month for accommodation and QAR 300 per month for food or a combined stipend of 800 riyals.

    To know more about Qatar’s minimum salary requirement, please  follow the link  published by our payroll team.

    Qatar Wage Protection System (WPS)

    Qatar WPS is a complete electronic system created by Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs (MADLSA) and Qatar Central Bank (QCB). It observes and records the procedure of paying salaries to workers. Wages Protection System (WPS) is compulsory for all private sector enterprises in Qatar covered by Law Number (14) of 2004. Embassies, Qatar Financial Centre registered entities, Government and Public sector organizations are exempted from WPS salary processing.  The WPS procedure is detailed below:

    • Each organization must register with the WPS payment program provided by its bank in Qatar.
    • The organization will use the standard template provided by the bank to process WPS salary through the bank.
    • Specific template provided by the bank includes the details of employees Qatar ID, Name of Employee, IBAN, Salary details with break up, payroll month, etc.
    • Upload specific WPS template to bank online portal or whatever other format agreed with the bank

    Types of statutory leaves in Qatar

    The HLB HAMT payroll system is a trustworthy and effective option that can manage Qatar’s Wage Protection System with ease. The system is perfect for organizations of all sizes in Qatar since it is made to adhere to the stringent rules and specifications of the WPS. Overall, the HLB HAMT payroll system is a reliable option which can simplify payroll processes and guarantee adherence to WPS standards.

    A. Annual Leave

    • 21 days (Three Weeks) per year for the first five years
    • 28 days (Four Weeks) per year from sixth year onwards.

    B. Sick Leave

    • 12 Weeks of Sick leave in a year
      1. For Fist 2 Weeks – Full Pay
      2. Next 4 Weeks – Half pay
      3. Next 6 Weeks – Without pay

    C. Maternity leave – 50 Days

    D. Hajj Leave – 2 Weeks

    Please read our article on Statutory Leaves in Qatar published by our payroll team here for a comprehensive understanding

    End of Service Gratuity

    The end-of-service Gratuity is a monetary payment eligible to an employee as a lump sum at the end of service. The employee who has completed one year or more in the continuous service, is entitled to the end of service remuneration at the end of service. Gratuity is calculated against the last drawn basic salary and at twenty-one days’ pay for every year of the service.

    For a comprehensive understanding of Qatar gratuity accrual and settlement, please refer to our article.

    Salary Payment Currency

    The only accepted currency used in making salary payments is the country’s national currency which is the Qatari riyal.

    Tax and other statutory deductions

    Payroll is not subject to income tax, and hence there are no mandated tax deductions.

    Working Hours and Overtime

    The maximum number of working hours is eight hours a day and forty-four hours a week. During the month of Ramadan, it is six hours per day and thirty-six hours per week.

    Employee shall be entitled to an additional pay equal to his\her normal wage plus an extra of at least 25% for extra hours beyond normal working hours. In case, if the overtime falls between 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. on a working day, the employee will be entitled to his normal wages plus an extra 50% thereof. If an employee works on a designated rest day, he/she is entitled to normal wages plus an increase of not less than 150%. Overtime hours cannot exceed a maximum of two hours a day

     End of Service Benefits

    The employee is eligible for the following post-employment perks.

    • Unprocessed Salary
    • End of service Gratuity
    • Air ticket for repatriation
    • If applicable, pay for the notice period.
    • Any unused leave (Vacation).
    • Any other unpaid payments or deductions
    • Any other benefits or compensation mentioned in Employment Contract

    Please refer to our article for a comprehensive understanding about Qatar payroll process.

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