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Indians in Qatar may get a pay hike

The Indian embassy in Qatar has asked employers to hike wages of workers by 20 to 40%.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 10:48 IST

The Indian embassy in Qatar has asked the employers in the country to hike the wages of Indian workers by 20 to 40 per cent in various categories.

Ramesh Chandra, the second secretary at the Embassy, said that strict directives have been issued to manpower companies to strictly comply with the norms set by Indian government or to face the consequences.

Now with the embassy making the attestation of recruitment papers mandatory, it can reject the applications of the employers and manpower companies that fail to comply with the norms set by the embassy, Chandra said.

The existing minimum wage was fixed well before a decade ago and no one was following it, he added.

Though the average range of increase is between 20-40 per cent, in certain jobs like that of beauticians and nurses, the proposed hike is in the range of 80 to 200 per cent.

The minimum wages for semi-skilled labourers like masons, fitters, plumbers and carpenters have been fixed at QR 1,500 against their existing salary of QR 800.

For beauticians the minimum wages have been raised to QR 2,500 from QR 800 and for nurses from QR 1,500 to QR 2,500.

With a presence of an estimated 200,000 labourers, India has the major share of Qatar's labour force and the wage revision comes at a time when expatriates are struggling to cope with the spiralling cost of living.

First Published: Apr 19, 2006 10:48 IST