Posted on August 06, 2015

Qatari government organisations and departments have been ordered to prioritise nationalisation of their workforces in their 2016 budgets, said Arabian Business. Budgets must include a plan for “replacing existing expatriate employees with skilled professional Qataris in various posts”, according to English daily The Peninsula.

Efforts to nationalise the workforce – aims being pursued by most of the Gulf states -  have been in motion for several years but have been made difficult by a lack of qualified Qataris or citizens willing to fill some of the menial roles. The budgets also will be tough for department and organisation heads, with Qatar expected to record its first deficit in more than a decade next year, following the impact of the halving of oil prices since June 2014. It will be the first year Qatar issues budgets based on the calendar year rather than April-March.