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Qatar sees a rise in job change applications

2 May 17

The Peninsula

The Department of Human Rights at the Ministry of Interior approved a total of 2,367 applications for job transfer - temporary and permanent - in 2016 showing a rise of around 34 percent compared to the previous year, which saw 1,762 applications, said a senior official from the Ministry.

The number of job-related complaints received by the Department increased from 1,266 in 2015 to 1811 in 2016, said Lieutenant Colonel Saad Salem Al Dawsari, Assistant Director of the Department of Human Rights at the Ministry.

The Department approved 942 applications for permanent job transfer in 2015 while the number more than doubled in 2016 reaching 2122, said Al Dawsari, in his presentation at the first session of the annual Labour Care Conference organised by Dar Al Sharq yesterday.

The Ministry approved 1,335 applications for temporary job transfer in 2016 showing significant increase in comparison with the previous year where 820 application were processed. These figures pertain to the period before enforcement of the new residency law.

Al Dawsari told The Peninsula on the sidelines of the conference that the most common complaints coming to the Department were related to job transfer. "Having labour force in our country is a grace not a burden," he said.

The Qatari constitution has stated clearly that the relation between workers and employers is built on social justice under the law. Therefore expatriate workers enjoy security and protection to themselves, their properties, according to the provisions of the law.

The Human Rights Department at the Ministry has legal, monitoring and awareness roles. The Department receives labour complaints which are mostly related to disputes between the employers and employees.
Mohammed bin Tawar Al Kuwari, Vice Chairman of Qatar Chamber said that the Chamber is continuously organising workshops and symposiums, hosting officials and asking companies to respect rules and regulations related to labour rights.

"We are working closely with the ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and we have a permanent member in the recruiting committee and the new law has made the relations between employers and employees more balanced," said Al Kuwari talking to The Peninsula.

Jaber Al Huwail, Head of Legal Affairs Department at the National Human Right Committee said in his presentation that the national committee will open an office for the Egyptian community.

Prominent Qatari businessman Ali Al Khalaf, in his speech, raised concerns about the upcoming domestic workers law saying it may affect the friendly and family-like relations that Qataris have created with their domestic workers. He noted that cancellation of the two-year ban on entry of deported workers is encouraging many workers to leave the country after a short stay to return on a new work visa with a higher salary. This is destabilising the labour market, he added.
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