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Economically active population by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and occupation group (2012)

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Qataris  Non-Qataris Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Legislators, Senior Officials And Managers 6,574 1,598 8,172 24,771 2,283 27,054 31,345 3,881 35,226
Professionals 10,383 13,846 24,229 81,379 22,919 104,298 91,762 36,765 128,527
Technicians And Associate Professionals 9,386 3,971 13,357 57,473 7,209 64,682 66,859 11,180 78,039
Clerks 13,991 7,033 21,024 39,966 7,992 47,958 53,957 15,025 68,982
Service Workers And Shop And Market Sales Workers 4,619 351 4,970 74,425 13,448 87,873 79,044 13,799 92,843
Skilled Agricultural And Fishery Workers 34 0 34 9,857 0 9,857 9,891 0 9,891
Craft And Related Trades Workers 4,619 0 4,619 467,065 81 467,146 471,684 81 471,765
Plant And Machine Operators And Assemblers 1,292 0 1,292 146,890 486 147,376 148,182 486 148,668
Elementary Occupations 4,843 273 5,116 215,906 86,230 302,136 220,749 86,503 307,252
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


Occupations are categorised according to ISCO 88 international classification of occupations (major (1-digit) group titles).


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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