IT jobs in Qatar

Qatar is an Arab emirate in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the north-easterly coast of the larger Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the South; otherwise the Persian Gulf surrounds the state.

Before the discovery of oil, the economy of the Qatari region focused on fishing and pearling. Today the country enjoys a very high standard of living, with many social services offered to its citizens and all the amenities of any modern western country.

Similar to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Qatar has become a hotspot destination for both those seeking employment and international companies looking to set up operations abroad. One of the most favourable aspects to working in Qatar, aside from the weather, is the fact that there are no personal taxes levied against your income. This means that if you work in Qatar you will benefit from 100% of your salary.

For those seeking a high quality of life and year round sunshine, there are plenty of IT jobs in Qatar available for IT professionals.

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Working Practices

Because Qatar has no personal taxation, net income is usually much greater then that in many other countries. This is one of the major attractions for IT professionals looking for IT jobs in Qatar.

In addition to their salary, expatriate contract workers are almost always awarded an ‘indemnity’ at the end of their contract period. The indemnity is an end of contract bonus which is required by law to be paid to expatriate workers as a kind of ‘thank you’ for being of service to the state. The indemnity is usually based on a person’s salary excluding any bonuses.

The standard working day in Qatar is eight hours, five days a week. Unlike in the UK, Friday is the day of rest and Saturday is the second day off.

Applying for IT jobs in Qatar

Employers in Qatar want to see high-levels of formal qualifications and substantial work experience from applicants. When applying for IT jobs in Qatar most employers expect to see a tailored CV and covering letter. It is important to highlight both relevant skills and work experience in a clear and professional format.

Some employers have moved away from the traditional CV and covering letter and opted for applicants to complete online application forms. It is again important when completing online application forms to maintain a professional manner and where relevant highlight your suitability and enthusiasm for the position.

Living in Qatar

The overall cost of living in Qatar is similar to that in most European countries but the lack of personal taxation leaves many expatriates with much more disposable income.

Qatar has a broad selection of both villas and apartments available to expatriates. Unlike in Dubai those seeking to make the move to Qatar will be unable to own land or property. This means that expatriates will have no other option but to rent their accommodation.

Rental prices in Qatar can be expensive mainly due to the desirability of the destination. As a general rule the closer you are to Doha the more you are likely to pay, but if you choose to live further away from the main city and general amenities, prices can be substantially less expensive.

Finding an IT job in Qatar

Due to Qatar’s recent economic growth and the relocation of firms to the Middle East there are plenty of IT jobs in Qatar requiring professional skills. As expected many of the roles consist of the usual developer and programmer positions requiring skills such as C++, Java, Oracle, .NET, SAP and Linux. In addition to these vacancies there are also many engineering and telecoms positions available.

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