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