Kafala system, recruitment and working conditions in Qatar

  1. Op-Ed

    18th December: A special day to reflect on 2020

    18 December 2020

    As Qatar National Day and International Migrants Day fall on the same date, it is important to highlight the positive changes the labour reforms will have on the migrant population, their families and the economy of Qatar, says Houtan Homayounpour, Head of the ILO Project Office in Qatar.

  2. Publication

    Infographic: Changing employers in Qatar

    02 December 2020

    All workers in Qatar can change employers without having to first obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC). This simple infographic highlights the key elements of the new rules.

  3. Watch

    Your Rights as a Domestic Worker in Qatar

    24 November 2020

    If you are employed by a household in Qatar as a cleaner, driver, cook, guard, or nanny, watch this animation to understand your rights and responsibilities under the Qatari labour law.

  4. Watch

    Working in Qatar: your employment contract

    11 November 2020

    Everyone who works in Qatar must have an employment contract, which states the rights and duties of both workers and employers. Whether you are still in your home country and you received an offer to move to Qatar, or if you are already in the country and planning on changing jobs, this short video gives you some tips on how to ensure you understand your employment contact and your rights are respected.

  5. Messages from key partners

    How the new Guidance Tool can support the hospitality sector in Qatar to promote labour rights and fair recruitment

    23 September 2020

    A Guidance tool has been developed as a resource to promote fair recruitment and employment standards in Qatar’s hospitality sector. Watch messages of H.E. Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs; H.E. Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Thani, Chairman of Qatar Chamber for Commerce and Industry; H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy; Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of ITUC; and Roberto Suarez, Secretary General of IOE.

  6. Legal document

    Minister of Interior Decree No. (51) of 2020

    22 September 2020

    Amending Some Provisions of the Executive Regulations of Law No. 21 of 2015 Regulating the Entry, Exit and Residence of Expatriates, Issued by Minister of Interior Decree No. 25 of 2019

  7. Video

    Promoting fair recruitment and employment: A guidance tool for hotels in Qatar

    18 September 2020

    This Guidance Tool has been developed by as a resource to promote fair recruitment and employment standards in the hospitality sector in Qatar. It aims to support hotel companies in Qatar to respond to labour rights challenges by implementing appropriate policies and exercising thorough and ongoing human and labour rights due diligence.

  8. Press release

    New guidance tool supports fair recruitment and employment in Qatar hospitality sector

    17 September 2020

    A new Guidance Tool will help strengthen fair recruitment and employment standards in the Qatar hospitality industry.

  9. Publication

    Promoting fair recruitment and employment: A guidance tool for hotels in Qatar

    17 September 2020

    This Guidance Tool has been developed as a resource to promote fair recruitment and employment standards in the hospitality sector in Qatar. It aims to support hotel companies in Qatar to respond to labour rights challenges by implementing appropriate policies and exercising thorough and ongoing human and labour rights due diligence.

  10. Legal document

    Law No. 18 of 2020 (Termination of employment)

    08 September 2020

    Law No. 18 of 2020 amending certain provisions of Labour Law No. 14 of 2004