Hiring employees in Qatar
When planning to expand to the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar, a fundamental part of the process for most companies is to recruit local employees. The process of Qatar recruitment is sometimes challenging, with various laws and protections in place, a language barrier, and a unique recruitment culture.
Horizons’ global expansion experts can guide you through Qatar’s complicated recruitment process, providing bespoke consultancy and outsourcing services to take care of your hiring in Qatar for you. With our help, you’ll be able to source, hire, and onboard the country’s top talent compliantly and quickly, even if you don’t have a subsidiary in Qatar.
Qatar hiring guide
Explore some of the key information about Qatar recruitment and how to hire the best talent to help with your Qatar expansion.
How to find and hire employees in Qatar
Firstly, it is important to remember that, although English is spoken widely in Qatar, Arabic is the official language so the majority of business and recruiting should be conducted using it.
The internet is now the primary resource for Qatar recruitment, and it is common for businesses to use social media platforms like LinkedIn to find potential candidates. Also, there are several popular job sites, such as Indeed, that can be useful for posting jobs and attracting applicants.
Beyond these methods, you can choose to outsource your recruitment to a dedicated global PEO such as Horizons. We can handle the entire recruitment process for you, freeing up your time and resources to focus on other important areas of your expansion operation.
Discrimination laws for Qatar recruitment
Qatar has several laws in place to prevent discrimination against employees and job candidates, although they are less wide-reaching than in many other countries, such as those in European countries. The laws in Qatar do prevent discrimination against candidates based on their gender, ethnicity, and religion, however, so you must be vigilant and avoid any perceived discrimination of this kind during the recruitment process.
Onboarding staff in Qatar
While there is no specific blueprint for onboarding employees in Qatar, there are some best practices that we recommend all businesses try to follow. For example, you should always be as clear as possible about the duties and hours they should expect, and any other expectations you may have. Also, it is always advisable to provide enough training and orientation for every employee to properly understand the company culture and the requirements of their role so they can work effectively.
Another important part of onboarding for many companies will be sending representatives to Qatar to liaise with new recruits. This may be temporary and just cover the initial orientation period, for example.
Compliance for Qatar recruitment
The most important part of employment compliance in Qatar is generally going to be sticking to the terms of your employees’ contracts. To ensure you do this, you should always write up a clear, formal employment contract for every new recruit and go over the details to avoid any misunderstandings. Qatar has various worker rights that must be upheld, so you must understand which rights apply to you and your employees to avoid any disputes. For more information about employee entitlements in Qatar, visit our Qatar PEO page.