Annual Leave Policy in Qatar

Annual Leave Policy in Qatar By Ruchi Singh - June 28, 2021
Annual Leave Policy in Qatar

HH The Amir

Working population most of the time discuss about the annual leaves, they sometimes have doubts about their rights to paid leaves, which we have tried to answer below:

Employee’s Leave entitlements:

If the employee completes 1 year of service then the employee is entitled for annual leave.

  • Three weeks for the employees whose service is less than five years.

  • Four weeks for the employees whose service is more than five years  ? 

Official Holidays for which employees are entitled

The following are the official holidays which must be paid to the workers:

  • Al-Fitr Eid (After Ramadan) 3 days

  • Al-Adha Eid (Pilgrimage period) 3 days

  • Independence day 1 day

Notwithstanding the previously mentioned occasions, three days with full pay should be granted to laborers. These day are decided by the Government or the business who may choose these three days for all of his workers.

Payment to the employee during the annual leave

The employees needs to be paid their basic wage and additionally the housing allowance, if applicable and any other allowances which they are capable of receiving in the normal working month.

Determination of when the leave starts and for how long

The date of annual leave will be fixed by the employer, in accordance with work requirements. The leave can be divided with the approval of the employee, given the division shall not be more than two periods

Employee entitlement to payment in lieu of leave if the services are terminated

The employee may also not be entitled to payment in lieu of the annual leave, equal to his wage for the leave days to which he is entitled, in case the contract is terminated and the employee has not taken his leave.

The worker might likewise be qualified for paid sick leaves for every year of service. In any case, this will be granted only after completing three months from joining, or, if the employee provides a declaration from a doctor approved by the employer. In the event that the sick leave does not surpass two weeks, the worker will be will be paid in full, if the sick leave goes till four weeks the employee will be paid half portion of his wage. 

By Ruchi Singh - June 28, 2021

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