Kenyans working in Qatar are expected to earn a minimum gross salary of KSh60,000 according to a non-discriminatory law passed on Monday.
The non-discriminatory law directs that all employees are entitled to a minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari Riyals (approximately KSh30,000).
Furthermore, all employees are now expected to be paid various allowances including QAR 300 (KSh9,000) and QAR500 (KSh15,000) for food and housing respectively, if not directly provided for by the employer.
This means that the minimum gross salary of an employee will amount to about KSh60,000 monthly.
Kenya has the highest number of Africans working in Qatar, estimated at 30,000 to 50,000. This constitutes one percent of the country’s population.
According to the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the country will be opening an office in Kenya by 2022, to minimize the challenges of contract substitutions, cost of recruitment, and the elephant in the room- fraudsters.
“This wage increase will also improve the lives of a large number of family members in the workers’ countries of origin who rely on the remittances sent every month,” said Max Tuñón from the ILO Project Office in Qatar.
In 2020 alone, Kenyans in Qatar remitted a total of KSh10 billion.
Other reforms in the new legislation include the abolition of the exit permit.
Under this legislation, workers are no longer supposed to seek an exit permit when moving between countries.
They will also not require a No Objection certificate when changing from one job to another.
Qatar is the first country in the region to introduce a non-discriminatory minimum wage, which is part of a series of historical reforms of the country’s labour laws.