How To Calculate End of Service Gratuity in Qatar (2024)

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What is End of Service Gratuity?

According to Qatar Labour Law, End of Service Gratuity is a sum of money stipulated to be paid to an outgoing employee based on the service period. This is calculated based on your employment contract and the number of years you have worked for the company.

This article explains the Labour Law regarding End of Service Gratuity and how you can calculate the end-of-service gratuity using the online tool provided by the Ministry. We have also included a Free Qatar Gratuity Calculator in English.

Qatar Gratuity Calculator in English

Qatar’s Ministry of Labour provides an online service that allows applicants to calculate the end-of-service gratuity on its official website. However, this page is only available in Arabic.

For your convenience, DohaGuides.com has developed a similar online calculator in English. You can check the calculator below:

Note that you must enter data as per the contract signed between you and your employer.

Please note that you are not eligible for End of Service Gratuity if your service is less than one year.

This calculator will give you an approximate amount of your end of service gratuity. The exact amount would be based on your company’s HR policies.

How to Calculate Gratuity in Qatar 2024

For those who are looking for quick info, let’s summarise the law:

  • An employee is eligible for gratuity if he has worked for at least one year.
  • The minimum gratuity payable is 21 days basic salary per each year.
  • The last basic salary shall be the base for gratuity calculation.
  • The employer is entitled to deduct from gratuity any amount due to be paid by the worker. [2]

Sample Computation of Gratuity in Qatar

Let’s illustrate this with an example. Suppose your basic monthly salary is 1,500 QR and you have worked for 5.6 years with the same company.

First, calculate your daily basic salary:
Daily basic salary = (monthly basic salary) / 30 (days)
Daily basic salary = 1500 ÷ 30 = 50 QR per day

Now, calculate your gratuity for 5 years:
Gratuity = (number of completed years) x (21 days per year) x (daily basic salary)
Gratuity = 5.6 x 21 x 50 = 5,880 QR

So, in this example, you would be entitled to a gratuity payment of 5,880 QR when you leave the company after completing 5.6 years of service with your 1,500 QR basic salary.


End of Service Gratuity: What the Law Says

The end of service gratuity is calculated under Labour Law No. 14 of 2004.

Upon termination of the employment contract, an employee is entitled to an end-of-service gratuity and leave salary. Under Article 54 of the Labour Law (Law No. 14 of 2004), the employee is eligible for a minimum of three weeks’ basic salary as an end-of-service gratuity for each year.

Service PeriodGratuity Amount
Less than one yearNo gratuity
One year and more 21 days basic salary per year

As per Article 54 of Law No 14/2004:

“The employer shall pay at date of termination the end of service gratuity in addition to any amounts due to the worker who spent one year or more in employment. This gratuity shall be agreed upon by the two parties, provided that it is not less than a three-week remuneration for every year of employment. The worker shall be entitled to gratuity for the fractions of the year in proportion to the duration of employment.

The Worker’s employment shall be considered continuous if it is terminated in cases other than those stipulated in Article 61 of this Law and is returned back to Work within two months of its termination.

The last Basic Wage shall be taken as the basis of the calculation of the gratuity.

The Employer shall be entitled to deduct from the service gratuity the amount owed to the employer by the Worker.”

Vacation Pay

As per Article 81 of the said law, if the employment contract is terminated for any reason before a worker takes his vacation (annual leave), he shall be entitled to payment instead of annual leave equivalent to his wage for the leave days to which he is entitled [1].

Flight Tickets

When the employment contract is terminated, the employer is responsible for repatriating the employee back to the place from where he was recruited or any other place agreed by the parties. However, if the worker joins another employer before departure from the country, this obligation shifts to the new employer.

Gratuity During Unpaid Leave

If the employee takes unpaid leave, this period is excluded from the service period calculation. As a result of unpaid leave, the period of service is reduced by the number of days served as unpaid leave.

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Qatar Labour Law on Gratuity After 5 Years

Many readers ask us if the gratuity is higher if an employee has worked for more than 5 years.

The reason for this question is that there was such a clause in the previous labor law. However, this is not the case anymore.

The clause that stated a worker should be paid four weeks/year for working 5-10 years and five weeks/year for more than ten years was part of the old labor law and is no longer valid.[3]

As per the current law (Law No 14 of 2004), gratuity shall be agreed upon by employer and employee, provided that it is not less than a three-week remuneration for every year of employment.

Qatar Labour Law on Gratuity After 10 Years

As previously explained, the gratuity calculation remains unchanged even if the employee has worked for more than 10 years. It will still be 21 days basic salary per each year.

NOTE: The labour law only states the minimum gratuity. Some companies may choose to pay more than three weeks’ salary to employees based on their length of service. This is up to the management’s decision and HR policies.

Can Employer Terminate Employees Without Gratuity?

According to Article 61 of the Labour Law, there are certain situations under which an employer may dismiss an employee without the payment of the end of service gratuity. Instances of such gross misconduct include:

  • If the Worker assumes a false identity, alleges a nationality other than his or submits false certificates or documents.
  • If the Worker commits a mistake which causes gross financial loss to the Employer provided that the Employer shall notify the Department of the mistake within twenty-four hours from the time of awareness thereof.
  • If the Worker violates more than once the written instructions of the Employer concerning the safety of the Workers and the Establishment despite being notified in writing of the violation on condition that such instructions shall be written and posted up in a conspicuous place.
  • If the Worker fails more than once to carry out his essential duties under the Employment Contract or this Law despite being notified in writing thereof.
  • If the Worker discloses the secrets of the Establishment where he is employed.
  • If the Worker is found during the working hours in a clear state of drunkenness or under the influence of a drug.
  • If the Worker assaults the Employer, the manager or one of his supervisors in the workplace during the working day or by reason thereof.
  • If the Worker repeats the assault on his colleagues in the workplace despite being warned in writing thereof.
  • If the Worker absents himself from Work without legitimate cause for more than seven consecutive days or fifteen interrupted days in one year.
  • If the Worker is convicted by a conclusive judgment in a crime of dishonour or dishonesty.      

Will Gratuity Be Paid in Case of Worker’s Death?

According to Article 55 of the Labour Law, if the worker dies during the service, regardless of the cause of death, the employer shall deposit with the treasury of the competent court any wage or other entitlements due to the worker in addition to the end of service gratuity within a period not exceeding fifteen (15) days from the date of the death.

The minutes shall contain a detailed report indicating the method of calculating the amounts referred to. The employer shall deposit a copy of the minutes with the Department.

The competent court shall distribute the deposited amounts among the deceased worker’s heirs. This shall be done in accordance with Islamic Sharia provisions or the Personal Status Law applicable in the deceased worker’s home country.

If three years have elapsed since the date of the deposit without the person deserving the due amounts being known, the court shall transfer these amounts to the State Public Treasury.


Calculate Gratuity on Ministry Website

You can also calculate the end-of-service gratuity on the Ministry of Labour website. This is done by entering your joining date, last working date, basic monthly salary and the number of gratuity days due each year.

Although the service is available only in Arabic, non-Arabic speakers can also easily calculate ESB by following these steps:

STEP 1: Click on this link to open the calculation page. You will see the following fields in Arabic:

Calculate End of Service Gratuity Qatar

STEP 2: In the first field, enter your Date of Joining (as per your contract).  

STEP 3: In the second field, enter your Last Working Date.

STEP 4: In the third field, enter your Basic Monthly Salary (as per your contract). 

STEP 5: In the fourth field, enter the Gratuity Days accrued for each year (for example, 21 days for one year). You have to refer to your contract for this.

STEP 6: Click the bottom button to see the result.

This service was introduced to ensure greater transparency and make foreign employees aware of their rights.

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FAQ on End of Service Gratuity in Qatar


How is the end of service gratuity computed?

End of service gratuity is calculated based on the employment contract and the number of years the employee has worked for the company.

How much is the minimum gratuity in Qatar?

According to Law No. 14 of 2004, for each year of employment, the employee is eligible for a minimum of three weeks’ basic salary as the end-of-service gratuity.

How can I calculate the end of service gratuity?

You can calculate end of service gratuity online by going to the end of service gratuity calculator on the Ministry website.

What can I do if my employer refuses to pay end of service gratuity?

If your employer refuses the end of service gratuity without any reason, you can file a complaint at the Ministry of Labour.

I am working with the same company since 1990. Am I entitled to receive gratuity from 1990 or only from 2004?

If the person is working with the same company, he is entitled to gratuity from the date of joining. In this case, he is entitled for gratuity from 1990.

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References:
[1] Law No. 14 of 2004 – Article 81
[2] Law No. 14 of 2004 – Article 54
[3] Law No. 14 of 2004 – Article 13 is about repealing Law No. 3 of 1962 – Article 24


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  1. Could you help us to find the legal source of this information saying that gratuity is for 3 weeks per year irrespective of number of years of work ?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jeff, If gratuity is not mentioned in the contract, it will be 3 weeks’ basic salary for each year.

  2. Hi..i just wanna ask if the vacation months is counted for calculating the gratuity..lm already ,7years and 5months here in qatar…At the same employer.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Imee, For gratuity, only the starting date and end date are considered. Vacations in between are not deducted.

  3. Hello! I want to ask this question because of planning to resign after 1 year of job here in my company. Can I get my gratuity even the contract stated 2 years if I’m going to resign? Thanks.

  4. Pedro Tarcelo Evangelista

    Sir i have already completed 7 years of service in my company,am i entitled to recieve 4 week per year gratuity? Thank you

  5. Dharbendra Kumar Yadav

    Hi sir, I just ask something I already complete 1 year 2 month.they give gratuity but they deduction medical.it’s ok.

  6. Hi.. I just wanna ask if the vacation months is counted for calculating the gratuity.. Im already 6 years and 10 months here in qatar. In the same employer.. First vacation, i had 2 months.. And on my 2nd vacation is 2 months also.. How can i calculate my gratuity? I will end my service in 1st week of december.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Valerie, If you are continuously employed with the same employer, vacation months are also included in the gratuity calculation.

  7. hi everyone im in the same sponsor but my sponsor give me to his friend in salon I work here more then a year do I take my graduity if my new boss wanted to closed salon

  8. Hi good day sala malaykum madam and sir I want to ask something regarding my gratuity or my end of service and actually i am already transferred to a new company and I was working my previous company more than 5 years with contract and every a year I have a free vacation with a free ticket but within 5 years I use it my vacation here in doha or local vacation only without ticket, so now my question is if it’s possible to get my ticket money with my gratuity if I’m file the complaint again my previous company.And since last my period I have already 4 months now and the computation of my benefits is only 4000riyal something not including at all so I hope you can read my massage and you give it an necessary action as soon as possible for that issue..Godbless at all

  9. My co-worker who resigned few months ago, what he got in his ESB was the total amount of what was deducted from him from every salary of the month for 6 years though our basic increases every year because of increment in salary but there is also an increase in deduction. In this situation I have, what would the best solution on this matter? should I really take legal action? I just don’t know what would be the best? As I summed up this they are not really paying us our gratuity, in my last contract and my current contract which will end by next year and how to get our proper gratuity from my company?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jojo, If your contract says the basic salary is QR 4417, how can you prove that your salary is QR 4700? Is there any written record?

      1. That’s actually part of the issue also it not written but if you ask them how much really is our basic they would say it’s 4700 but using the gratuity calculator of the basic of 4417 for 1 year from April 2016 to March 2017 it does not match with the total of what you will get from 283 x 12. Where did they get that 283? but if you add it to 4417 you’ll get our technician’s standard basic starting salary which is 4700.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Jojo, If there is no written contract or offer letter for 4700, it would be difficult to take any legal action. The company can claim the employee’s basic salary is only 4417, and they are paying more than 21 days of gratuity (283 per month for a year is 3396, which comes to around 23 days’ salary). Labour court or Ministry will only consider written agreements.

    2. Can l use my last working month as my notice period if l wanted to resign?
      Example if l completed 23 month can l use the 24th month as my notice period and Will the company consider it as l completed two years?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Binb, No, as per law, gratuity should only be given as the final settlement.
      Some companies give loans against gratuity, depending on their HR policy, but this is optional.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jojo, No, the employer cannot deduct the End of Service Gratuity from the salary. This should be paid extra.

      1. It has been done to me and my co-workers ever since I joined my company back in 2012 on my first contract and in my second contract that started in April 2016. Should I or we(my co-workers) take legal actions?

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Jojo, As per law, End of Service gratuity should not be deducted from employees. If you can prove your company did this, you can file a Labour complaint.

        2. It is written in my contract the old one and new one, when was this law for Gratuity passed? Because my company is an international company and they do have legal team and advisors and maybe they found a loophole in the law for them to implement this deduction our contract. An example for my Basic was 4700 in the beginning of the contract in 2016 but what is written is Salary: 4417QR per calendar month. End if service Benefit: 283Qr per calendar month. which if you add is 4700

        3. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Jojo, The gratuity law has been in place for several decades. There is a legal provision for a retirement system where the employer and employee both contribute. In such a case, the net benefit you receive should be greater than the regular gratuity. The company cannot simply deduct your salary and pay back the same later. It is acceptable if they pay back the deduction along with their contribution. You can check this legal article.

  10. Could you please share your reference on the amendments of the said law wherein the worker should be paid four week/year for working 5-10 years and five weeks/year for more than ten years was PART OF THE OLD LABOUR LAW AND IS NOT VALID ANYMORE.

    This would be very helpful for everyone.

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Lee, Law No. 14 of 2004 – Article 13 is about repealing Law No. 3 of 1962 (including Article 24, which was the old law). You can see the official links at the bottom of the above article (References section – No 3).

  11. I’m currently working with an employer for 10 months and not 1 year completed.
    in this case, I can able to get the end-of-service gratuity?

  12. Hi Ian Cristina lamson I work for 4 yrs straight in my employer the 2yrs extend are no contract signing, my employer not giving me my gratuity now I am comeback again. What will I do? Or how I take my 4 yrs gratuity on my employer?

  13. Melvin Vicentillo

    Good day I have asking for help about my salary and gratuity to my company, sunrise group/jollibee qatar, I’ve been working for 3 years and I’ve decided on last July 31 2022 to resigned and exactly on that date I give my 1 month notice resignation letter, on August 31 2022 is my last day of work because I have apply on another country, on August 25, 2022 I give to the hr all my documents to travel in another country September 2 2020 is my flight but the problem is they will not give my August salary 2,415 riyals regular overtime 104 hours cancel day off overtime 46 hours and 3 years gratuity, now I’m already outside qatar is this possible to get my money? Thank you so much and have a blessed day every.