Economically inactive population (15 years and above) by nationality (Qatar/non-Qatari) and sex (2006 – 2013)
Source: Labour Force Sample Surveys, 2006 to 2009 and 2011 to 2013; *: census 2010
1. Technical Notes and Definitions
Reference period for census 2010: the night of April 21st, 2010.
Implementation method: census is based on de jure method; i.e. registering people according to their usual place of residence at time of census.
Populations in transit or visiting Qatar as tourists, as well as residents of public housing or visitors staying in a household for less than two months after night of reference were excluded.
Populations away from usual residence in Qatar for reasons of duty, or on a visit abroad for less than two months, as well as individuals with no personal housing within Qatar staying with a household for more than two months, are counted in their usual/ present residence during census night.
Population of reference: all individuals (nationals and non-nationals) present within the State’s borders during time of reference, including in labour camps.
Labour force Sample Surveys:
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. In 2013, the Survey was conducted on a quarterly basis.
|Labor Force||Sampling||Sample size||Reference|
|2006||based on independent samples drawn from distinct frames of specially constructed PSUs||5.492||31.439||March 2006|
|2012||Census 2010||6.895||37.629||April 2012|
|2013||Census 2010||c. 7000||n.d.||Quarterly|
Reference period for the labor force data: the week prior to the reference date for data collection.
Population of reference: all Qatari and non-Qatari households of the following types: i. Qatari households; ii. Non-Qatari households; iii. Small labor gatherings; iv. Large labor gatherings, present in Qatar on the night of survey/ periods of reference
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.
Full-time student: The person (15 years or older) enrolled in any educational institution as a full-time persistent student with purpose of attaining an academic degree, irrespective of whether the schooling hours are in the morning or evening. Any trainee enrolled in vocational training institutes is regarded as a full-time student.
Full-time housewife: The female (15 years or older) who is fully engaged in home management and family care, and does not practice any other work
Retired: The person who does not look for a job during the week preceding the survey and gets a fixed pension for work he/she had joined before
Disabled: The person (15 years or older) who is not capable of work due to illness, handicap or old age.
Others: Those able to work but not willing to, not enrolled in education, as well as any other cases encountered by the enumerator other than the above mentioned.
2. Institution which provides data
3. Data availability
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:
Labour Force survey 2013 is available in Excel format as part of the Annual Abstract 2014:
See also Qatar Information Exchange, an interactive data base compiling data on the labour force taken from available surveys:
Last date of access: June 2014