New HR law boosts pay for Qataris in public sector jobs

New HR law boosts pay for Qataris in public sector jobs

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Updated with more on the new law’s leave benefits

Qatar’s Emir has approved new legislation that codifies salary increases for nationals working in government jobs.

Law No. 14 of 2016 on Human Resources Management, which was published in full by Al Sharq yesterday, outlines policies on the hiring, firing, annual leave, benefits and retirement of those in government jobs.

The legislation reiterates the state’s preferential hiring system, as outlined in the previous HR Law No. 8 of 2009 More Help. It puts Qatari citizens first, followed by these categories, in order of priority:

Children of Qatari women married to non-Qataris;
Non-Qatari spouses of Qatari citizens;
Nationals of other GCC countries;
Arab expats; and
Other nationalities.
Once again, several public-sector jobs are exempt from the HR law, including judges, assistant judges, prosecutors, assistant prosecutors; Emiri Diwan employees and those in the diplomatic and consular sectors.

Teaching university faculty and employees working for Qatar Petroleum, the Qatar Investment Authority and the State Audit Bureau are also exempt.