When it comes to working in the Gulf, the saying that “Every coin has two sides” stands true. Getting a job in Gulf can be both a blessing and a bane. Thousands of people move to Gulf every year to achieve their dreams of a successful career. All the states of Gulf offer excellent career openings and Qatar is one of them.
Qatar is one of the most sought after destinations primarily because of the monetary advantages it offers. You need to be fully aware of the procedures and policies to get a job and be ready to get used to culture and lifestyle of the people living there. The way people live in Qatar may seem different and new but they are welcoming and hospitable. Undeniably, money is the biggest attraction for the foreign workforce as the salaries paid are handsome and exclusive of taxes. So, whatever one earns is for one to keep and save. But Qatar has a lot more to give than just money, it offers a superior lifestyle and merrymaking. With the money earned, you can hire domestic help and dress freely unlike in other Gulf countries. Efforts are also being made to provide its image of an arid desert a makeover by enhancing its greenery.
In order to get a job in Qatar, you need to either consult a recruitment agency or a job site or can directly approach the company. As soon as your name is short listed, you will be called to appear for an interview and other formalities. Usually, the trip is paid by the employer. When you are selected for the position, your employer will have to seek permission to employ you by sending a letter to the Ministry of Civil Service and Housing Affairs. After the permission is granted, the Labour department is given a copy of the employment contract. There are several other documents required to join the company like a letter from the family sponsor giving permission to work, original academic and professional qualifications and their photocopies, two photographs, original passports and ID and photocopies of you and your family sponsor. It is advisable to submit only the photocopies of all documents unless the originals are asked for. Your employer will act as your sponsor to get you into the country.
When considering moving in with your family, your spouse or any other relative would require a license to work. However, if they wish to work in Qatar and are already on a family sponsorship, they would not further need a separate work permit but would only have to get themselves registered in the Labour Department. They would require a formal signed permission letter of the sponsor for the same. Avenues of employment for women are opening up in Qatar these days. Large numbers of Qatari women are given work opportunities even as the wives of immigrants in Qatar are also stepping forward to take up jobs during their stay there. They are entitled to similar salaries, training and promotion opportunities but are not hired for any kind of hazardous work. Women are advised not to wear revealing clothes though covering head is not mandatory.
You can make working in Qatar a rewarding experience by considering a few things. You should try to seek employment in a big international company when looking for a job. Bigger companies are more reliable and offer better benefits and perks than start-ups. Mostly, smaller organizations are in a constant danger of shutting down anytime that leaves employees feeling confused and betrayed.
The bigger companies take the responsibility of their employees and offer lucrative salaries along with other residential, travel and holiday benefits. The employment contracts are mostly translated from Arabic into English or other foreign languages but in case of a discrepancy in translation, the Arabic version is adhered to. You must go through the contract very carefully and gather all the details regarding the job profile, pay package, promotion, dismissal rules etc before agreeing to serve the position. The job in Qatar could be a blessing if all the above are taken good care of.
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Deepika Bansal writes on behalf of NaukriGulf.com, a leading job portal for jobs in Gulf Region, Jobs in Qatar, Middle East jobs. Naukri.com's foray into the Middle East is an Endeavour to provide established client base with services that best meet their international requirements as well as expand our operations on to a global arena.
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