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Fair recruitment: Qatar launches guidance tool for hospitality sector

  • Sep 17, 2020
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The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) has launched a new guide for employment in the hotel sector in Qatar.
It announced the launch at a virtual meeting to promote fair recruitment and employment in hospitality sector, held in cooperation with the Qatar Chamber, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and the International Labour Organization project office in Qatar.
Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Yousuf Mohammed Al Othman Fakhroo announced the launch the new guide.
In a video statement, the minister said the Qatar National Vision 2030 aims to transform Qatar into an advanced country capable of achieving sustainable development and ensuring the continuation of decent living for its people, generation after generation, in a society that promotes the values of justice and equality.
The minister said within the framework of achieving this vision, Qatar has introduced recent reforms to the labour market, which are being included as an important part of the national development strategies.
He emphasized that those reforms, especially the legislative amendments adopted by Qatar, are fundamental in this regard, and effective implementation of them is a necessity to achieve the desired goals. 
The labour ministry is committed to implementing them within the standards of decent work and within the framework of the sustainable growth system for all sectors in Qatar, he added.
Fakhroo stressed the ministry's keenness to ensure the effective implementation of all the aforementioned reforms, as the main stakeholders, including important sectors, and the hospitality sector, have shown effective and serious cooperation with the Ministry in this regard, and since early 2019, the Ministry has formed a working group with hotel representatives in the State of Qatar to strengthen standards for fair recruitment in this sector.
His Excellency expressed his commitment to support the hospitality sector based on Qatar National Vision, looking forward to continuing this constructive participation in the future.
For his part, Qatar cChamber Chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani, explained that the labour market in Qatar is entering a new phase with the recent legislative declaration regarding the adoption of a minimum wage and facilitating the transfer of workers, as these legislations will have a positive impact in promoting competition and productivity at the local level, as well as the consolidation of Qatar's position, as the Qatari market attracts skilled labour from all countries of the world.
He said the hospitality sector is considered an important economic sector, and it is also a very important part of the Qatari culture.
The Qatar Chamber Chairman said this sector must show its leadership in pushing for labor reforms in Qatar, noting that the indicative tool for hotels in Qatar, which came under the title “promoting fair employment” represents a new addition to a further growth in the Qatari hospitality sector.
His Excellency affirmed the contribution of Qatar Chamber in preparing this practical indicative tool that would support hotels to enhance their commitment to the standards of fair employment, and there is no doubt that it would also benefit all companies in other sectors.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the guide to employment in hotel sector as a reference material that contributes to promoting standards of fair employment in the hospitality sector, accompanied by practical steps that contribute to promoting decent work and improving employment practices, including dealing with recruitment agencies and service providers.
Participants also exchanged issues related to employment contracts, passports, identity papers, working conditions, workers housing, equality and non-discrimination, changing employer and returning to the country of origin, grievance mechanisms. The participants in the meeting got acquainted with the methods of dealing with employment agencies according to the followed procedures and in a sound manner.
At the end of the meeting, an interactive page was reviewed that included the logos of the main partners represented in the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the National Tourism Council, Katara Hospitality, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the International Labor Organization, the International Federation of Trade Unions, the International Organization of Employers, the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the International Tourism Partnership.
The meeting ended with thanking to the human resources departments in different hotels in the State of Qatar for their commitment to implementing the labor reforms in Qatar and for their contribution to preparing the guide for hospitality sector.