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

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Qatari Non-Qatari Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Illiterate 293 46 339 32,164 1,537 33,701 32,457 1,583 34,040
Read & Write 1,960 468 2,428 195,353 19,742 215,095 197,313 20,210 217,523
Primary 3,630 334 3,964 188,147 33,252 221,399 191,777 33,586 225,363
Preparatory 9,168 840 10,008 341,700 35,331 377,031 350,868 36,171 387,039
Secondary 20,631 7,525 28,156 281,877 20,212 302,089 302,508 27,737 330,245
Pre.U. Diploma 2,343 626 2,969 58,262 4,931 63,193 60,605 5,557 66,162
University 19,917 18,884 38,801 169,334 45,007 214,341 189,251 63,891 253,142
Higher Diploma 719 578 1,297 6,175 823 6,998 6,894 1,401 8,295
M.A / M.Sc. 1,668 652 2,320 8,872 1,701 10,573 10,540 2,353 12,893
Ph.D. 583 303 886 3,108 633 3,741 3,691 936 4,627
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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