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Average Wages for Expat Workers in Qatar Exposed

Qatar : 31 March 2011

An expatriate worker without education in the Qatari construction industry earns around QR 1,200 (or $330) per month according to a recent survey.

Those with some education are paid over double that amount – reaching $704 per month – based on the results of an Institute of Social and Economic Research study. The Institute is found within the Qatar University.

Published by Arabic media in Qatar and cited by Gulf Times, a daily media, the survey also stated that nearly 80 percent of expat workers expressed satisfaction with the conditions of living and their jobs. Most of those expat labourers are originally from the subcontinent.

Based on the survey findings, workers claimed to be happy working nine hours a day for six days each week. They noted that generally, wages are paid when due and a considerable part of those wages were sent back to their families at home.

The media pointed out that this study focused on those residing in labour camps. Servants and domestic maids were not included.

The potential labour force in Qatar is forecasted to swell by almost 500,000 people from now until 2030, as reported by Euromonitor International. This represents a 30 percent increase.

Immigration was the driving force as the population in Qatar swelled by almost 12 percent annually on average from 2000 to 2010. Expectations see that pace slowing down in the future.

Growth should continue however, as Qatar puts a series of massive infrastructure projects in place to prepare for the coming 2022 FIFA World Cup and the implementation of a railway network spreading across the nation.

Between 2020 and 2030, however, the average growth rate should slow to only 1.2 percent annually, according to the study.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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