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

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Qatari Non-Qatari Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Legislators, Senior Officials And Managers 6,622 1,704 8,326 29,327 3,402 32,729 35,949 5,106 41,055
Professionals 13,283 15,918 29,201 96,243 27,200 123,443 109,526 43,118 152,644
Technicians And Associate Professionals 10,553 4,040 14,593 64,310 9,632 73,942 74,863 13,672 88,535
Clerks 14,181 7,502 21,683 51,483 9,089 60,572 65,664 16,591 82,255
Service Workers And Shop And Market Sales Workers 4,692 809 5,501 84,500 20,967 105,467 89,192 21,776 110,968
Skilled Agricultural And Fishery Workers 0 0 0 12,419 0 12,419 12,419 0 12,419
Craft And Related Trades Workers 5,447 0 5,447 528,319 131 528,450 533,766 131 533,897
Plant And Machine Operators And Assemblers 1,225 0 1,225 171,193 261 171,454 172,418 261 172,679
Elementary Occupations 4,909 283 5,192 247,198 92,487 339,685 252,107 92,770 344,877
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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