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Economically active population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and activity sector (2013)

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Qatari Non-Qatari Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Government Department 41,444 20,635 62,079 50,477 12,535 63,012 91,921 33,170 125,091
Government Company/ Corporation    7,878 3,745 11,623 40,431 10,807 51,238 48,309 14,552 62,861
Mixed 4,872 1,429 6,301 38,319 5,086 43,405 43,191 6,515 49,706
Private 6,493 4,361 10,854 1,097,585 38,179 1,135,764 1,104,078 42,540 1,146,618
Diplomatic/International/Regional 25 9 34 1,295 420 1,715 1,320 429 1,749
Non profit 200 77 277 504 511 1,015 704 588 1,292
Domestic 0 0 0 56,381 95,631 152,012 56,381 95,631 152,012
Total 60,912 30,256 91,168 1,284,992 163,169 1,448,161 1,345,904 193,425 1,539,329

Source: QSA, Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The data is taken from 2013 Labour Force Survey (yearly synthesis)
Sampling frame of LFS 2013: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: 8,342 households and 55,771 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).
Data Collection: The sample was divided into equal parts to collect data monthly. Each month 1/3 of the quarterly data were collected during the first two weeks of the month.
Reference period for the labour force data: the week prior to data collection day.
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. labour 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 data refers to the economically active population, i.e., the employed and the unemployed
1) Employed.
All 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
2) Unemployed.
All persons aged 15 years and over who were, during the week preceding the survey, without employment, willing to work and looking seriously for a job.
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 a work experience, who during the week preceding the survey were actively looking for a job

This table does not include persons seeking work for the first time

2. Institution which provides data

Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics
( for website in English; for website in Arabic)

3. Data availability

The Statistics Authority conducted the first labour Force Sample Survey in 2001. Starting from 2006, the execution of these surveys came to be on annual basis. Quarterly publications of Labour Force Surveys’ data are also available since 2012.
Most Labour Force Surveys and publications related to the labour force are available on QSA’s website, in PDF format. LFS 2013 can be downloaded from:
See also Qatar Information Exchange for earlier Labour Force Surveys. QIX has also an interactive data base compiling data on the labour force taken from available surveys:

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