DOHA: Qatar could increase the minimum wage for migrant workers by the end of 2018, unions predicted yesterday, as the 2022 World Cup host seeks to push through labor reforms. It would be the first change to the monthly wage since its introduction by the gas-rich Gulf state last November.

“By the end of the year we expect a new minimum wage to be set, that’s good news,” said Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. Burrow did not name a figure but said the new wage would be calculated by assessing a “basket of goods”.

The minimum wage was set at 750 riyals a month ($206) on its introduction. In addition to the salary, laborers receive free accommodation, food and healthcare plans, covered by employers. – AFP