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Employed population (15 years and above) by nationality (Qatar/non-Qatari) and sex (2006-2013)

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Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
2006 38,684 19,447 58,131 415,235 57,767 473,002 453,919 77,214 531,133
2007 40,322 21,223 61,545 686,430 79,608 766,038 726,752 100,831 827,583
2008 42,770 24,815 67,585 1,002,388 97,928 1,100,316 1,045,158 122,743 1,167,901
2009 45,242 25,402 70,644 1,092,844 97,983 1,190,827 1,138,086 123,385 1,261,471
2010* 46,168 24,908 71,076 1,070,973 128,134 1,199,107 1,117,141 153,042 1,270,183
2011 49,228 25,145 74,373 1,068,083 127,789 1,195,872 1,117,311 152,934 1,270,245
2012 55,609 26,992 82,601 1,117,577 140,404 1,257,981 1,173,186 167,396 1,340,582
2013 60,912 30,256 91,168 1,284,992 163,169 1,448,161 1,345,904 193,425 1,539,329

Source: Labour Force Sample Surveys, 2006 to 2009 and 2011 to 2013; *: census 2010

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

Census 2010:
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
Sample Surveys frame (households) individuals period
2006 based on independent samples drawn from distinct frames of specially constructed PSUs 5,492 31,439 March 2006
2007 nd 5,492 31,439 October 2007
2008 nd 6,104 nd December 2008
2009 nd 6,109 35,839 October 2009
2011 nd 6,920 35,839 March 2011
2012 Census 2010 6,895 37,629 April 2012
2013 Census 2010 8,342 55,771 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.
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

2. Institution which provides data

Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)
( for website in English; for website in Arabic)

3. Data availability

Labour Force Surveys since 2006 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: December 2014

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