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Allow expats to change jobs only thrice, suggests Shura Council

Allow expats to change jobs only thrice, suggests Shura Council

QNA
Doha
The number of times an expatriate is allowed to change the employer should not exceed three during the worker’s stay in the country in order to prove his seriousness at work, the Shura Council has recommended.
The Shura Council, chaired by Speaker HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud, on Wednesday made a series of recommendations to the government on the change of employer and travel without notification for expatriate workers.
The Shura Council said the number of workers who receive approval to change employer should not exceed 15 per cent of the total workforce annually for a single company except with the approval of the employer.
The recommendations 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.
When recruiting workers to implement governmental or quasi-governmental contracts, it should be taken into account that they should not be granted change of employer except with the consent of the employer until the term of those contracts expires. The visa should be linked to the contract.
They also called for fair compensation for the costs the company incurred on the worker.
In its recommendations, the Shura Council also 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 safeguard while amending the status of the worker whose transfer request has not been accepted in case 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 2 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 percent to 10 percent 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, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) 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.