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Sentiments run high over pay hikes in Qatar

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Qatari citizens working for the government or military were recently given substantial pay rises. A number of private companies have since followed suit, but only for Qatari citizens. Expatriates and Qataris alike feel very strongly about the issue,

Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB) has announced it is increasing salaries for Qatari staff by 60 percent – the latest private company to do so after government and military employees received salary increases last month.

Yesterday we posted about Vodafone giving pay rises to its Qatari employees.

Vodafone gives Qatari staff 60% pay increase, following government moves last month – After Qatar hiked… http://t.co/RUUwPbCL
dohanews
October 3, 2011

Reaction began pouring in after that, with some lauding the move.

@dohanews congratulations to Vodafone employees
TariqAlsada
October 3, 2011
While others felt it was unfair to only award salary increases to Qatari citizens, and not foreign staff.
@dohanews nothing for expat? vodafone have 1% qatari staff
that why vodafone want to show that he also follow other companies step
ali_77799
October 3, 2011
@dohanews So we’re going to continue to act like these Qatari pay increases isn’t obscure racism?
alimsworld
October 3, 2011
It appears the pay rises for Qataris continue to strike a chord with expats here
dohanews
October 3, 2011
Qataris get 60% pay hike to help ease embarrassment of not having their own Arab Spring. Expats get 0%. Less embarrassing for them?
IvanGiesbrecht
October 3, 2011

In the outpouring of responses, some praised the government for taking care of its citizens and expatriates alike, while others argued that it was simply unfair. But who actually receives greater pay – expats or nationals – was a hotly contested issue.

Without argument, though, is the fact that Western expats, Qataris, other Arabs, other Asians and Africans all stand on different pay scales.

We ended up receiving dozens of responses on the pay rise issue, and all are reproduce here:
@dohanews thats good but what about other people living here in qatar, they dont desire ? insist they are getting a hike in everthing?
waheedmughalz
October 3, 2011
@dohanews It’s not racism, but the priority should be given to Qataris.
Mniew
October 3, 2011
@alimsworld @dohanews Racism!? If you don’t like it no one is stopping you from leaving. I’m sure there are many who’d love to have “a” job.
deSalute
October 3, 2011
@dohanews I don’t see any reason for this, we have been living together happily, don’t the Qataries deserve something from their government?
TariqAlsada
October 3, 2011
@dohanews اذا ماتنعم القطري في بلاده وين ممكن يتنعم ؟ الحمد لله
Nannosa_alHajri
October 3, 2011
@dohanews pay hike is only for those in government sector jobs. Qataris in private sector don’t get increase
alextohme
October 3, 2011
احمدوو ربكم انه أرضنا ضمتكم وتحلمون بنعمة الأمان وبراتب يبني لكم عمارات في بلادكم وبعد حاسدين اهل قطر ع الزيادة!
@waheedmughalz @dohanews
Lady_Swera
October 3, 2011
@dohanews We all live together as friends, we get happy when the non-qataries get a promotion or raise, because it means they work hard
TariqAlsada
October 3, 2011
@Mniew Yes Qatari’s should be given priority, If not given in Qatar where else Qataris get. @dohanews
michu10
October 3, 2011
@dohanews I have received many messages from non-qataries expressing their happiness for me after the news, not all expats are not happy
TariqAlsada
October 3, 2011
@dohanews I don’t know why they are complaining? they receive much more than Qataries do even with the pay raises! #ungrateful
HanoOofaM
October 3, 2011
@alimsworld @dohanews why is it racism? Qatari gov’t is helping its citizens out. Expats can demand compensation from their gov’ts.
Halawala
October 3, 2011
@dohanews foreigners had 200% increase when they first signed their contracts.
xjeje
October 3, 2011
@IvanGiesbrecht @Dohanews Qatar is living its best era ever, so its already Spring here. Actualy it can’t get (cont) http://t.co/vabEWgRs
ZeyadJ
October 3, 2011
@dohanews hard to complain, we came here happy to receive what was on offer. On the other hand, I won’t be happy about inflation consequence
kiwipaula
October 3, 2011
@dohanews This is our country and where else would we be taken care of. We are very blessed to have Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
QatarYogini
October 3, 2011
@dohanews Expats are also taken care of in Qatar, with many opportunities you rarely find around the globe.
QatarYogini
October 3, 2011
Good discussion on the pay hikes for Qataris. We’ll put together everyone’s thoughts and post it online tomorrow.
dohanews
October 3, 2011
@QatarYogini @dohanews not to mention higher salaries than Qataris to start with!
BintAlRifai
October 3, 2011
@QatarYogini Definitely is one of the best place to work for expats, salary package always impressive and better place to live @dohanews
michu10
October 3, 2011
@dohanews I think u should emphasize how good people’s lives become when u live in Qatar. Once u live in here its hard to live anywhere else
QatarYogini
October 3, 2011
@QatarYogini true! i never want to leave this country even offered double salary else where. @dohanews
michu10
October 3, 2011
@dohanews If only other countries looked after their citizens as well as Qatar does.
ExpatCookie
October 3, 2011
@BintAlRifai That’s a big myth. Most Qataris get paid more than expatriate counterparts. @dohanews recently posted an article to back it up.
Vallath
October 3, 2011
@IvanGiesbrecht @dohanews the pay hike was planned far before the Arab Spring occurred. Not a cause & effect scenario.
HamadK7
October 3, 2011
@Vallath @dohanews Not a myth. Expats get paid more than Qataris. I know that for a fact.
BintAlRifai
October 3, 2011
@dohanews Pay should be based on qualifications, not nationality. It should strike a chord with anyone with some sense and an education.
ILUVLIT
October 3, 2011
@alimsworld @dohanews They can never learn the value of a dollar when they are paid exorbident amounts of money for simple jobs.
ILUVLIT
October 3, 2011
@vallath @dohanews Hay group credibility is tainted. Agree with @BintAlRifai I’ve had a pretty good look & it’s expats who get paid more.
HamadK7
October 3, 2011
@HamadK7 @vallath @dohanews why else would expats come work and live in Qatar if it weren’t for attractive salaries?
BintAlRifai
October 3, 2011
@vallath @dohanews @bintalrifai a like for like comparison is leaving a gaping hole in that study.
HamadK7
October 3, 2011
@HamadK7 @vallath @dohanews the dohanews sum up of the report is not necessarily reflective of the actual summary of report.
BintAlRifai
October 3, 2011
@BintAlRifai @vallath @dohanews previous work gave me exposure to this aspect. Not talking out of thin air.
HamadK7
October 3, 2011
The issue with selective pay rises is that price inflation triggered by said pay rises does not apply selectively @dohanews
80sChiyuld
October 3, 2011
@HamadK7 @vallath @dohanews likewise. i started off in doha as an expat. and now I am a qatari.
BintAlRifai
October 3, 2011
@BintAlRifai @hamadk7 @vallath @dohanews sadly big difference between “western” expats and “non-western” expats
solar_omy
October 3, 2011
@BintAlRifai @vallath @dohanews glad you can see it from both sides!
HamadK7
October 3, 2011
@solar_omy @bintalrifai @vallath @dohanews completely true. #blueeyesyndrome
HamadK7
October 3, 2011
@solar_omy @hamadk7 @vallath @dohanews yes that is a whole different story altogether. arab expats get paid less, then qataris, then western
BintAlRifai
October 3, 2011
@QatarYogini @dohanews once u lived in qatar with full love &respect 2this land & it’s people,u r living in our hearts & welcomed2 ur homes
halmuftah
October 3, 2011
@BintAlRifai Not to forget the ‘sub-expat’ species-Asians. I was referring to the avg expat. Not specifically any race before. @dohanews
Vallath
October 3, 2011
@BintAlRifai @Vallath @dohanews thats not true qataris get 3 time higher than expats and work less thats racism
ali_77799
October 3, 2011
@ali_77799 @Vallath @dohanews what you just said about Qataris is racist.
BintAlRifai
October 3, 2011
@Mniew @dohanews its racsim coz they more than us and all work on us
ali_77799
October 3, 2011
@ILUVLIT @alimsworld @dohanews
another racist bigot barking.
bindarwish
October 3, 2011
@dohanews if I’m not too late, I don’t think this is racism – its their country. Above that, I’m sure pay rises will increase to expats also
Yousef_AG
October 3, 2011
@dohanews (Follow up) this is because of inflation, if people actually studied economics, they’d know that this pay rise is a domino effect
Yousef_AG
October 3, 2011
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