High salaries are one of the major attractions of working in Qatar! Net income in Qatar is usually higher than in western nations due to the lack of taxation. In the past, remuneration packages were divided into various elements like basic salary, car allowance, housing allowance, medical cover, children education and air tickets for home visits. Today, a total salary is paid to cover all these expenses along with other bonuses too.

Here’s a run-through from qatarloving.com on Leave salary calculation in Qatar. Read on at your own pace... 

Some of the common benefits that companies offer to employees in Qatar are:


Contract workers are awarded an 'indemnity' at the end of the contract period apart from their salary. On the basis of basic salary (excluding bonuses) the indemnity is calculated. For people working in Qatar for a long period, indemnity can be quite high. The indemnity is more of an end-of-the-term bonus & not related to insurance. Qatar labour laws make it mandatory that expatriate workers need to be paid thanking them for serving the state. Indemnity is also known as ‘end-of-contract benefits’ or ‘end-of-service’ benefits. The indemnity scales are for the first three years in the range 15 to 20 days of basic pay per year of employment, and thereafter a month’s pay every year.


Generally, after one year of continuous service, an employee is eligible for an annual paid leave of at least three weeks. If the service is less than five years, and at least four weeks if the service is more than five years.

Annual leave date is usually fixed by the employer as per the work requirements. He may divide the leave with the consent of the worker, provided, it should not be divided for more than two periods. In case the employee submits a written application to postpone the annual leave, it can be postponed to next year. But, it is necessary that it should not be more than half of the annual leave. 

The worker is not allowed to waive his entitlement to the annual leave, and any agreement done on the contrary would be considered as void. In case the contract is terminated before the worker claims his leave, some companies may offer compensation in lieu of annual leave of the employee, equivalent to the wage of the employee for the leave days for which he is entitled. 

Sick leave

Paid sick leave is given to employees for every year of their service, but the leave can be availed only on completion of three months in service, and on producing a medical certificate. If the sick leave does not exceed two weeks, the employee shall be paid full wages and half his wage for another four weeks if it extends further. Thereafter, the sick leave can be extended without pay till he resumes his work/resigns/service is terminated for health reasons. 

The employee’s work may be terminated at the end of the twelfth week of sick leave. This is done if a report is issued by the physician that the worker cannot resume his work.

Pilgrimage leave

For once during the period of his service a Muslim worker is eligible to take leave without pay, not exceeding two weeks. The pilgrimage leave is given to fulfil his obligation to go for pilgrimage only as & when the work circumstances permit. Based on the work requirements & priority given to long-time employees, the employer will specify the number of workers for pilgrimage leave.


In Qatar, you will be offered leave for public holidays like Eid Al Fitr, Eid Al Adha, Independence Day, National Sports Day and other festive days.  The leaves are given as specified by the employer apart from annual leave. Female employees can avail maternity leave (50 days) on completion of one year of service.

Leave salary Calculation in Qatar

The Article 79 of the Labour Law in Qatar states that, a worker who has completed one continuous year in the service of the employer shall be eligible for an annual leave with pay. The wage of the worker during the annual leave shall be calculated on the basis of his basic wage on the date of entitlement.

Before commencement of the annual leave, the employer shall pay the wages to which the worker is entitled for the work he has performed and the leave salaries to which the worker is entitled before starting the leave. For the worker with service less than five years the leave shall not be less than three weeks and for the worker whose service is more than five years it is four weeks. 

Gratuity and Leave Salary

The end of service gratuity is paid to the worker who has completed employment of one year or more. This gratuity shall be agreed upon by the two parties initially. It should not be less than a three-week wage for every year of employment. The worker shall be eligible to gratuity for the fractions of the year in proportion to the duration of employment.

Gratuity = (basic salary / 30 days) X 21 days per year

Leave salary: below 5 years is 21 days & above 5 years is 28 days.

How to calculate Unpaid Leave Amount

Individuals, businesses and government entities can avail the service of the General Retirement & Social Insurance Authority (GRSIA) to get an estimated calculation of an unpaid leave amount online.

Online Instructions

  • Fix the unpaid leave period by selecting the date (day, month and year).
  • Add more unpaid leaves if necessary.
  • Enter the total salary (basic and social allowance).
  • Click on “Calculate” to receive the results.

Offline Instructions

  • Visit the Customer Service at GRSIA headquarters.
  • Provide the required details to calculate your assumed service amount.

Service Center

Customer Service at GRSIA headquarters.

Additional Information

  • You can access this service through the GRSIA mobile app.
  • This service is also available through the Customer Service from Sunday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • According to the user inputs, this service provides an estimated calculation. The final calculation is done by GRSIA in accordance with Article (9) of the Law (24) of 2002 for retirements and pensions and its amendments.
  • Get in touch with the Call Center at (183) which is available round the clock for any inquiries or assistance.


No fees are required for this service.

This run-through from qatarloving.com on leave salary calculation in Qatar may come of help to you if you are employed in Qatar or seek a job in Qatar. Good luck to you!