ILO Project Office for the State of Qatar

H.E., Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs of the State of Qatar announces landmark labour reforms that mark the end of the kafala system in Qatar during the celebration of the ILO Centenary in Doha 16 October 2019. Read about the changes here
On 8 November 2017 the ILO and Qatar entered into a comprehensive 3-year technical cooperation programme. This reflects the commitment of the Government of Qatar and the ILO to cooperate on ensuring compliance with ratified international labour Conventions as well as achieving basic principles and rights related to work in the State of Qatar. ILO’s Project Office for the State of Qatar was subsequently established in Doha in April 2018 and is supporting the government’s labour reform agenda. For more see here

What's New

  1. Joint Committees strengthened through major training initiative

    24 June 2020

    Intensive capacity building benefits worker and management Committee representatives alike

  2. SMS campaign targets health and rights of domestic workers during COVID-19 crisis

    19 May 2020

    An SMS message campaign launched in Qatar is helping strengthen awareness amongst domestic workers and their employers on how to cope with the COVID-19 crisis.

  3. Safety and health is everyone’s responsibility

    28 April 2020

    A video developed by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs with the support of the ILO Project Office in Qatar highlights the role that the government, employers and workers play in ensuring safe and healthy working conditions in Qatar and is available in 10 languages.

  4. An introduction to Joint Committees

    21 April 2020

    This short flyer developed by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs with the support of the ILO Project Office provides a simple explanation of what Joint Committees are and how they can benefit workers and enterprises alike. It is available in 11 languages and can be printed and shared with workers in your company.

  5. Your health and employment: key information for workers

    30 March 2020

    The following information has been developed for workers in Qatar by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs with the support of the ILO Project Office.

  6. Exit permits consigned to history for almost all migrant workers in Qatar

    16 January 2020

    New legislation enters into force removing the exit permit for workers not covered by earlier changes

  7. State of Qatar, Sweden and International Labour Organization to cooperate on labour issues

    9 January 2020

    MoU to see collaboration in occupational health and safety at work and corporate social responsibility

  8. Labour Rights in the Hospitality Sector in Qatar: A Moment of Opportunity

    11 November 2019

    Read how ILO is working with its partners to exchange knowledge and foster best practices within the Qatar hospitality industry.

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    Landmark labour reforms signal end of kafala system in Qatar

    16 October 2019

    Freedom to change jobs, removal of exit permits and non-discriminatory minimum wage to enter into force by January 2020.

  10. Study identifies effective mitigation strategies to keep workers safe from heat stress

    11 October 2019

    Largest ever study on the impact of heat stress reveals effectiveness of a number of existing approaches, and makes recommendations to better protect workers during summer months

  11. Comprehensive training programme for all labour inspectors underway in Qatar

    6 October 2019

    Training initiative marks key step in strategy to forge a stronger Labour Inspection Department

  12. Global Forum highlights role of business in labour reforms and migration governance

    1 October 2019

    Global Forum on Migration and Development Business Mechanism brings business and government together.

  13. Heat stress research to benefit workers and companies in Qatar

    23 July 2019

    Results to inform enterprise level strategies to manage and mitigate heat stress risks

  14. Ensuring fair recruitment through the Qatar Visa Center in Sri Lanka

    18 June 2019

    ILO brings together government, trade unions and civil society to discuss progress on fair recruitment through Qatar Visa Centers.

  15. International Domestic Workers Day celebrated in Qatar with fun-filled event

    16 June 2019

    Celebration highlights rights, lives and contribution of domestic workers

  16. International Domestic Workers Day to be marked in Qatar

    12 June 2019

    All domestic workers and their employers invited to celebrate the International Domestic Workers Day at a fun and informative event.

  17. Public sector clients pledge action to foster fair recruitment

    21 May 2019

    Leading public institutions pledge support for national efforts to ensure fair recruitment of migrant workers in Qatar

  18. Young people seek OSH solutions at SafeJam 2019

    09 May 2019

    Event highlights importance of engaging youth in strengthening OSH culture in Qatar

  19. Decree paves way for election of worker representatives in enterprises

    1 May 2019

    Worker voice to be boosted through elections to Joint Committees

  20. First Qatar OSH month comes to a successful close

    30 April 2019

    Over 15,000 take part in events across Qatar to strengthen culture of Occupational Safety and Health

  21. New heat stress guidance to be issued before summer 2019

    28 April 2019

    Heat stress guidance and a new labour inspection policy to foster a national preventative safety and health culture in Qatar.