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Qatar: Public awareness of labour reforms low as just half of low-income workers believe they will be less dependent on employers

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"Significant number of people not familiar with labour changes: SESRI survey," 8 Apr 2021

[A Social and Economic Survey Research Institute] survey shows that both Qataris and resident expatriates have a mostly positive perception of the recent labour law changes… public awareness surrounding the new legislative reforms remains low...

Qatari nationals (70%) and higher-income expatriates (74%) think that the new legislative changes will make foreign workers less dependent on their employers. This percentage is significantly smaller among lower-income expatriates (54%).

Lower-income expatriates (42%) are also most likely… to think that the changes will make foreign workers more dependent on their employers...

higher-income expatriates (78%) and lower-income expatriates (77%) said they think that the minimum wage should be increased from QR1000… Qataris are least likely to [agree]…

Expatriate residents were more likely to give higher positive impact ratings to the economy as compared to Qataris.