As a component of the strenuous efforts of the state of Qatar, and in light of the new cabinet reshuffle to enhance work environment and the labour sector, as it is one of the vital sectors of the steady development Qatar is witnessing, the Ministry of Labour has been established pursuant to the Emiri Decision No. (57)/2021 and has been entrusted with a number of competencies including the application of laws and decisions related to the sector, enforcement and full compliance with international agreements in the field of Labour.
The labour sector bears strategic importance as it is an essential pillar in achieving and reflecting the Qatar National Vision 2030 and fulfilling the sustainable development goals to the Qatari society.
The Ministry aims to advance the labour sector by providing a healthy and safe work environment for the national and expatriate workforce in the private sector, raising production efficiency, ensuring the application of the labour law, and enhancing the participation of the national workforce in the private sector.
As part of the ministry’s efforts to move towards governance and to expedite the implementation of its strategic plans, it launched a digital transformation and service automation management unit, with the aim of providing all services electronically without using papers and relying on digital solutions. The launch of the Digital Transformation Management Unit comes in alignment with the ministry’s strategies aimed at developing smart e- services, upgrading the system of e-services in the labour sector, and contributing to facilitating and speeding up the delivery of services provided to customers from the ministry. The Digital Transformation Management Unit will develop, update and offer more than 80 services and transactions electronically, as the transaction will be completed without the need to visit the ministry building or service offices or submit paper documents.
The ministry has direct and indirect links with many ministries and other government agencies in many fields for the purpose of coordination and cooperation in areas of common interests and benefits.
The Ministry’s efforts are integrated with the efforts of private sector companies and institutions, especially state-owned companies, companies in which the state contributes, and a number of ministries and authorities such as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, national universities and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in the field of linking education outputs with the needs of the Qatari labour market, which is reflected in the hard work in order to stimulate initiatives and incentives for sustainable professional development.
The Ministry attached great importance to protecting the rights of employers and the rights of workers through the dispute settlement committees and the Labour Cases Support Fund and protection of wages, and delivery of workers' salaries in accordance with contractual terms.
The Ministry of Labour continues to complete the efforts of legislative and legal reforms of the labour market conforming to the Qatar National Vision 2030, the National Development Strategy and Labour and the requirements and developments of the current stage on socio-economic levels, besides the keenness and efforts of the Ministry to facilitate procedures and attain the smooth transition to sector governance and development to meet the desired goals.
Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri
Minister of Labour