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25 Jan 2022

Quah Wei Vei, Jason Nemerovski & Nina Lam, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland)

Full report: "Diligence is Due"

While G4S Global has committed to ending the collection of recruitment fees from migrant workers by 2026 under its Employer Pays Principle... G4S Global has denied accountability for its G4S Qatar’s unfair recruitment practices in the past, citing G4S Qatar’s autonomous nature as an independent franchise. G4S Qatar has a workforce of 8,000 employees, many of whom are recruited from South Asian and African countries and report paying recruitment fees.

This report presents an in-depth study of the unfair recruitment practices of G4S’s franchise in Qatar. The research was conducted between April 2021 and December 2021, with the aim of collecting and analysing significant evidence of G4S’s engagement in unfair recruitment practices...

Information was gathered through extensive surveys and interviews via social media with 40 former and current G4S Qatar employees from seven different countries...

This report provides clear evidence of the collection of significant amounts in recruitment fees from migrant workers who are seeking employment at G4S Qatar... The average payment was US$1,525, which is 4.6 times the reported monthly salary at G4S Qatar and 5.5 times the legal minimum monthly salary in Qatar.

...two of the recruiters reported direct collaboration between G4S Qatar and G4S Kenya in organising local recruitment drives to recruit migrant workers for G4S Qatar...G4S Kenya is entirely owned by G4S Global. This finding explicitly contradicts the claim that G4S Qatar operates completely independently from G4S Global.