Qatar's high salaries lure Iranian specialists

Iran Materials 17 January 2012 13:35 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 16 / Trend M. Moezzi/

Faced with a severe shortage of personnel for its new petrochemical complexes, Qatar is offering Iranian specialists salaries 10 times higher than their salary in Iran, Fars news agency reports.

As it moves towards the operating phase of new petrochemical projects, including the world's biggest gas to liquids (GTL) unit, Qatar is looking for experienced personnel. The quickest and most efficient solution is to lure Iranian experts with huge salary offers and benefits.

Iranian oil and gas specialists with 10 to 15 years' experience earn between 20 to 20.5 million rials a month at most (about $1,700 to $1,800). The Qataris are offering them $12,000 a month..

Using high salaries as inducements has helped Qatar draw from Iran's pool of experienced oil engineers to work on the joint Iran-Qatar South Pars oil and gas field in the Persian Gulf.

Qatar began developing South Pars ten years before Iran and has intensified operations in the field, while Iran suffers international sanctions and technical-financial obstacles.