Economically active population (15 years and above) by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and sector of economic activity (2012)
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing||26||0||26||18,081||55||18,136||18,107||55||18,162|
|Mining and quarrying||6,820||918||7,738||73,189||2,184||75,373||80,009||3,102||83,111|
|Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply||1,228||99||1,327||5,958||380||6,338||7,186||479||7,665|
|Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities||85||38||123||1,173||0||1,173||1,258||38||1,296|
|Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles||1,083||368||1,451||162,753||5,155||167,908||163,836||5,523||169,359|
|Transportation and storage||1,356||110||1,466||31,581||5,228||36,809||32,937||5,338||38,275|
|Accommodation and food service activities||400||193||593||28,815||2,797||31,612||29,215||2,990||32,205|
|Information and communication||1,747||656||2,403||6,928||2,127||9,055||8,675||2,783||11,458|
|Financial and insurance activities||1,339||1,463||2,802||6,910||1,746||8,656||8,249||3,209||11,458|
|Real estate activities||583||86||669||8,382||283||8,665||8,965||369||9,334|
|Professional, scientific and technical activities||222||79||301||23,728||1,504||25,232||23,950||1,583||25,533|
|Administrative and support service activities||262||456||718||38,795||1,934||40,729||39,057||2,390||41,447|
|Public administration and defence; compulsory social security||35,974||9,489||45,463||31,761||4,316||36,077||67,735||13,805||81,540|
|Human health and social work activities||1,119||3,397||4,516||10,595||8,399||18,994||11,714||11,796||23,510|
|Arts, entertainment and recreation||312||516||828||6,700||236||6,936||7,012||752||7,764|
|Other service activities||73||16||89||4,260||664||4,924||4,333||680||5,013|
|Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of households for own use||0||0||0||49,543||90,361||139,904||49,543||90,361||139,904|
|Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies||15||6||21||1,334||325||1,659||1,349||331||1,680|
Source: Labour Force Bulletin 2012, Qatar Statistics Authority
1. Technical Notes and Definitions
Sampling frame of LFB 2012: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: 6895 households and 37629 individuals from: 1- Qatari households; 2- Non-Qatari regular (non-collective) households; 3- Non-Qatari small collective households (2 – 6 persons); 4- Non-Qatari large collective households (7 persons or more).
Reference period for data collection: April 2012.
Reference period for the labor force data: the week prior to the reference period for data collection (April 2012).
Population of reference: all Qatari and non-Qatari households present in Qatar on the night of survey, living in normal and collective households.
The collective households are a group of persons not related to each other and sharing living conditions in a residential unit, I.e. labor camps, students living boarding schools, nurses in hospitals… etc. The survey covered the small collective households (includes less than 7 persons) and large collective households (includes 7 persons or more).
The survey did not cover short periods accommodation, i.e. hotels.
The table refers to the economically active population: People in the working age including employed and unemployed.
Persons aged 15 years an above, who during the week preceding the survey:
a) Perform a work for a wage, salary, profits or household gains, whether it was in cash or in kind.
b) Are temporarily not employed, however, they still have an official relation with their work
The table refers to employed workers (15 years or older) having worked no less than one hour during the week prior to data collection day in April 2012.
All persons aged 15 years and over who were, during the week preceding the survey, without work and were willing to work and looking seriously for work.
There is a distinction between two kinds of unemployed persons:
a) First time unemployed: They are the persons who never worked previously, and were during the week preceding the survey looking actively for work.
b)Unemployed who previously worked: They are the persons with previous experience work and during the week preceding the survey were actively looking for work.
The present table does not include the persons seeking work for the first time
Economic activities are categorised according to ISIC( Rev. 4) international classification of industries.
2. Institution which provides data
Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)
https://www.mdps.gov.qa/en/Pages/default.aspx for website in English; https://www.mdps.gov.qa/ar/pages/default.aspx for website in Arabic)
3. Data availability
The Statistics Authority conducted the first labor Force Sample Survey in 2001. Starting from 2006, the execution of these surveys came to be on annual basis.
Most Labour Force Surveys and publications related to the labour force are available on QSA’s website, in PDF format and can be downloaded from:
Annual Bulletin of the Labour Force survey 2012 is available in PDf and Excel formats:
See also Qatar Information Exchange, an interactive data base compiling data on the labour force taken from available surveys:
Date of access: March 2014.