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Employed population by nationality (Qatari/non-Qatari), sex and education level (2010)

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  Qataris     Non-Qataris     TOTAL  
Education level Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Illiterate 173 57 230 38.492 4.878 43.370 38.665 4.935 43.600
Read and Write; Night School 1.441 178 1.619 284.289 39.451 323.740 285.730 39.629 325.359
Primary  4.594 639 5.233 268.608 18.779 287.387 273.202 19.418 292.620
Preparatory 7.125 1.100 8.225 114.113 14.668 128.781 121.238 15.768 137.006
Vocational 111 2 113 22.497 230 22.727 22.608 232 22.840
Secondary 17.175 8.007 25.182 195.154 18.499 213.653 212.329 26.506 238.835
Post. Secondary 1.845 825 2.670 28.783 4.525 33.308 30.628 5.350 35.978
University and Above 13.702 14.100 27.802 119.037 27.104 146.141 132.739 41.204 173.943
Other  2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2
Total 46.168 24.908 71.076 1.070.973 128.134 1.199.107 1.117.141 153.042 1.270.183

Source: census 2010, QSA





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.


Data related to work force include individuals of 15 years old or more (born before April 1995) and refer to the week preceding the enumeration period.


The employed population here also includes paid trainees.

Employed: The person (15 years or older) engaged in work or who works for profit, whether for his own account, for wages or for a family without being paid, during the week ending on 20/04/2010 provided that working hours should not be less than one hour during that week, and the sick, regular or other temporary leave should not be counted in the absence days.

Trainee getting a salary: The person (15 years or older) who joins any of the training institutes, whether morning or evening study, and gets a salary during the training period




2. Institution which provides data


Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)

( for website in English; for website in Arabic)


3. Data availability


None of Qatar censuses or other sources have ever disclosed figures of total population broken down by country of citizenship or even by nationality (Qatari/non-Qatari).

For 2010 data have been collected but remain withheld. The census only provides detailed data on population 15 years and above by nationality.

Released parts of census are available on the website of the QSA, in published form in PDF format.

Census 2010′ website:

2010′ census in Excel or PDF format individual tables:


Date of access: June 2013.

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