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Economically active population by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and activity sector (2012)

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Qatari  Non-Qatari Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Government Department  39,139 19,630 58,769 44,458 8,425 52,883 83,597 28,055 111,652
Government Company/ Corporation    7,427 3,132 10,559 28,734 10,803 39,537 36,161 13,935 50,096
Mixed  4,645 986 5,631 30,157 4,757 34,914 34,802 5,743 40,545
Private  4,402 3,262 7,664 963,067 25,690 988,757 967,469 28,952 996,421
Diplomatic/International/Regional  15 6 21 1,334 325 1,659 1,349 331 1,680
Non profit 113 56 169 439 287 726 552 343 895
Domestic 0 0 0 49,543 90,361 139,904 49,543 90,361 139,904
Total 55,741 27,072 82,813 1,117,732 140,648 1,258,380 1,173,473 167,720 1,341,193

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.

Employed population:

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.


Unemployed population:

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


2. Institution which provides data


Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)

( for website in English; 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.



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