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Cap the number of times an employee can change jobs in Qatar at 3: Shura Council

  • Feb 22, 2021
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Qatar’s Shura Council on Monday called on the government to cap at three the number of times an employee is allowed to change employers during his or her stay in the country.
The measure is meant to ensure employees’ “seriousness at work”, the advisory council noted as it made a string of recommendations related job change in the country.
The council also called for measures to ensure the number of workers who received approval to change employer does not exceed 15 percent of the total staff strength of a company in a year, except with the approval of the employer.
The advisory body further recommended that change of employer shall not be granted to employees hired for governmental or quasi-governmental contract jobs without the consent of the employer, until the term of those contracts expires. The visa shall be linked to the contract, the council said, calling for fair compensation to the employer for the expenses the company spent on the worker.
The recommendations also called for ensuring the financial and legal status of the company to which the worker will move, especially in obtaining the approval for visa, and ensuring that the first party does not lose its visa. 
In its recommendations, the Shura Council called for addressing the phenomenon of illegal workers by setting the appropriate mechanism and amending their conditions in accordance with the law. It also demanded to provide adequate procedures that amending the status of the worker whose transfer request has not been accepted in case that the original employer expresses his unwillingness for the worker to return to work for him. The Ministry of the Interior should set up the appropriate mechanism so that the worker's employer is notified three days before the date of his departure by text message or via the Metrash application.
The recommendations also included an emphasis on determining the period of the contract signed by the employer and the worker, and that the worker is prohibited from requesting a change of the employer during the contract period, which should not exceed two years, unless there are reasons justifying this or with the approval of his employer. The recommendations also included increasing the percentage of workers who are not allowed to travel without permission from the employer from 5% to 10%, as there are small and medium enterprises and companies with very limited numbers in them.
The Shura Council also recommended to establish a permanent committee at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs to decide on all applications for the sponsorship transfer, provided that the committee has in its membership a representative from the Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Interior, in order to consider requests for the sponsorship transfer and their compliance with the specified controls, conditions and mechanisms.
At the end of the session, Seaker of the Shura Council briefed the Council on his participation last Monday in the meeting of the Special Committee on Counter Terrorism of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) which was held virtually at the invitation of the Assembly.
He stated that the meeting, which was attended by the member of the PAM Dahlan bin Jamaan Al Hamad, discussed supporting the international and regional cooperation in combating terrorism, the role of parliamentarians in that, and how to confront the existing challenges in this field.
He also briefed the Council on his participation, as the chairman of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), at the annual joint hearing between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which was held last Wednesday via video conferencing and devoted this year to discuss the issue of corruption and ways to combat it. He explained that the session discussed, with the participation of a number of Excellencies members of the Shura Council, several issues related to combating corruption, foremost among them is the impact of the 2005 UN Convention against Corruption and how to implement it effectively and ensure that emergencies, including pandemics, do not hinder anti-corruption efforts. It also discussed a proposal to establish an international anti-corruption court or another mechanism to prosecute corrupt persons who may escape justice in their countries.