When Is It Required For Employers To Pay Workers' End Of Service Gratuity? – Guide To Jobs In Qatar

On 11 Oct 2021

When Is It Required For Employers To Pay Workers' End Of Service Gratuity? – Guide To Jobs In Qatar

If you have worked for a company in Qatar for more than a year and decided to resign from it, you will be entitled to End of Service benefits.

What does this mean?

End of Service (EOS) or gratuity is part of the Qatar Labour Law that stipulates a sum of money to be paid to an outgoing employee.

The terms will be included in the employee's contracts. These contracts are normally terminated once their duration has passed or prematurely under several conditions i.e. employee termination or resignation from their jobs in Qatar.

However, several Qatar workers are facing difficulties in receiving EOS benefits from their employers. Now, the question is, “Is it illegal for employers NOT to release End-of-Service benefits?”

Here are the latest guidelines published in the International Labour Organization (ILO) key information for employers about the current labour mobility and termination policies in Qatar:

If a worker leaves the company, does the employer still have to pay the end of service gratuity or other benefits?

If the worker completed at least one year of employment and the contract was not terminated for committing any of the violations described in Article 61 of the Labour Law, the employer must still pay the worker his/her end of service benefits, accrued annual leave not taken and any other benefits stipulated by Labour Law No. 14 of 2004 and the signed employment contract.

Remember that the employer must also continue to provide food and accommodation (or the relevant allowances) until the termination date.

​You may also consult with a staffing recruitment Doha to manage your job application while you are trying to settle your EOS benefits.

When is it payable?

​An EOS should be paid upon the termination of the employment. Recalculation of the EOS should be undertaken and final termination payment should be made to ensure that the employees have received their full payment.

Read also: 

How to Calculate End-of-service Gratuity?

Can Employers Terminate Workers in Qatar without Notice and End-of-service Benefits?

Section 30:

When the employer ends the employment of the worker prior to the end of the work contract, or at the end of the contract duration, or when the worker submits a notice to the employer as stated in section 18, the employer shall pay the worker his wages and any other sums due to him, prior to the end of the next working day.

Section 18:

A work contract for an unlimited duration may contain a clause which gives both sides the right to end the contract without having to give any reasons. In this case, however, the party which wishes to use this option must declare the following to the other party:

1) For workers who receive their wages on an annual and monthly basis, the notice to terminate the contract must be given to the other party at least 1 month prior to leaving the work, if the service period was not less than 5 years. If the service period exceeds 5 years, the notice of termination of employment must be given 2 months earlier.

2) In other cases, the following system shall be followed when giving notices:

a) If the employment (service) period was less than one year, the notice to leave shall be at least one week prior to termination of the contract.

b) If the service period was more than one year but less than five, the notice shall be at least two weeks prior to termination of the contract.

c) If the service period was more than five years, the notice shall be at least one month prior to termination of contract.

3) If a foreign worker informed the employer of his wish to terminate a contract without duration, and he left work prior to the end of the duration of the notice to leave as stated in the previous two subsections of this section, or if he left without notice, he must leave the country. After leaving , he shall fall under the provision of section 2 , Act No. 3 of 1963, regarding the regulation of entry and residence of foreigners into Qatar.*

* The third subsection was added by Act No. 20 of 1966. (G5/1966), then replaced by Decree by Act No. 4 of 1967 (Q1/1967), then amended by Act No.2 of 1981, (G3/1981).

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