Manama: Qatar's government has asked the ministries, government departments and agencies to evaluate the performance of their Qatari employees in a major move to boost the merit system in the work culture.

The performance assessment of public sector employees based on standards set by the government last month will be a first in the country and evaluation reports for 2010 have to be submitted within 15 days to the Human Resources Office of the Secretariat General of the Cabinet, Qatari media reported.

The new standards focus on the ability of the employee to make plans as well as his or her seriousness about work, enthusiasm, good behaviour, creativity and innovation.

They also assess the employee's performance timing as well as rapports with seniors, subordinates and other colleagues, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported.

Under the new rules, a negative evaluation or poor performance carries a delay or a cancellation of the annual allowance for the year.

According to the Human Resources Law, Qatari employees are entitled to their annual bonus on April 1 after completing one year from the date of appointment or the allowance date of the previous year. The bonus is one to six percent of the salary and is decided on the basis of performance.

Employees rated "excellent" will get six per cent of their salary as allowance and those rated "very good" will get five pe cent as allowance.

Those ranked "good" are entitled to three per cent and those who are in the "acceptable" category will get one percent of their salary as annual bonus. Poor performers will not get a bonus.