A generous social protection system | The Qatar Peninsula

Qatar has enacted one of the most generous retirement and pension laws in the world, raising the minimum pension to QR 15,000 in addition to a QR 4,000 housing allowance for all retired citizens. The new military retirement and social insurance laws, promulgated by H.A. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, embody Qatar’s leadership vision for the welfare of the Qatari people. The state pension and social insurance schemes have been reformed by the new laws.

While the new laws will be fully implemented in six months, the General Pensions and Social Insurance Authority said that people retiring during the transition period due to reaching retirement age , disability or death will also benefit from the provisions of the new laws.

The new laws will make it easier for citizens to obtain their insurance rights. To make life easier for everyone and ensure that no one is forgotten, people whose service has ended without fulfilling the contribution period required to qualify for retirement can buy back a nominal period of service. Persons not entitled to a pension will receive a single compensation, not exceeding twice the amount of the contributions that the insured has paid into the fund.

In order to motivate citizens to stay longer in the country’s labor force, bonuses will be given to pensioners who reach retirement age with a contribution period of more than 30 years.

The law also allows a person who retires from the civil service and accepts a job in the private sector to combine the pension with his current salary from the job in the private sector. Both laws also provide several benefits to working women. A woman who resigns to care for her children with special needs can keep her pension without deduction, provided she has 20 years of active service. In the event of the death of the insured or pensioner, the right to payment of the pension will be transferred to its beneficiaries, which include: non-Qatari children of Qatari pensioners, non-Qatari widows, non-Qatari parents and siblings non-Qatarians.

The provisions of the Social Insurance Law will apply to all citizens in the public and private sectors, and the average pension of insured employees in the private sector will be calculated on the basis of the average salary of the last three years of employment, at the instead of the last five.

The new laws will usher in a new era of social, economic and human development, in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and National Development Strategy 2018-2022.