Qatar University‘s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) presented its findings from its second Guests Workers’ Welfare Index (GWWI). The GWWI measures and tracks the welfare of blue-collar guest workers in Qatar. Attendees to the presentation event included Dr. Hassan Al Derham, President of Qatar University, Dr. Hassan Al Sayed, Director of SESRI, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs.
The second wave of the GWWI survey was conducted in April, 2018, assessing working and living conditions including safety and security, human rights, labor rights, finance and remittances, and more. The 2018 survey interviewed 1,028 guest workers with the largest group of respondents coming from India (29%), followed by Nepal (28%), Bangladesh (17%), Pakistan (9%), Egypt (6%), Sri Lanka (4%), Philippines (3%), and other countries (4%).
The results of the survey are measured by responses based on 6 indices (listed below) and are evaluated on a scale from 1 – 100. The results for calendar year 2018 stood at 81 out of 100, an increase from the 2017 rating (score: 75). The overall score is a composite measure of the six different factors or sub-indices that compose the index and which are rated on the same scale from 0 to 100. The greatest sub-index improvements included contracts, working conditions, and satisfaction with living and working conditions. The next Guest Workers’ Welfare Index survey will take place this month, May 2019.
The sub-indices breakdowns were as follows:
Mental Health: 87
Physical Health: 84
Living Conditions: 79
Working Conditions: 85
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