The country continues to be among the most generous GCC members when it comes to remuneration rates, although 2013's pay increase is below the 6.5 per cent rise seen this year, Hay Group revealed.
Examining salary information on 54,000 employees in the country across 128 companies and 12 core industries, the researchers found that pay rise was boosted thanks to an inflation rate of 1.4 per cent.
Hay group consultant Harish Bhatia put the trend down to "ambitious" infrastructure developments, helped by the real estate, hospitality and manufacturing sectors.
"Multinational organisations are setting the pace and local organisations are growing, keeping pressure on pay, both for nationals and non-nationals," he said.
Experienced Qatari workers are typically employed in the oil, gas and banking industries, the report explained, while retail and hospitality outlets are reaching out for seasoned nationals to take up new roles.
A 2010 study conducted by the research group uncovered that Qatari nationals are typically paid 50 per cent more than expatriates.