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GCC: Percentage of nationals and non-nationals in employed population in GCC countries (2015)

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  Employed % in employed population
Country population  Nationals Non-nationals
Bahrain 769,619 26.5 73.5
Kuwait 2,422,059 14.4 85.6
Oman 2,101,256 19.2 80.8
Qatar 1,953,438 5.0 95.0
Saudi Arabia 11,484,656 43.3 56.7

Sources: national institutes of statistics, in GCC Stat. Labour Statistics in GCC Countries 2015,
 Issue n°3, March 2017.
1- Definitions and remarks:
Non-nationals are:
1- persons bearing nationality of a foreign State other than the GCC State of residence, or bearing no proof of nationality from any given state
(stateless persons and holders of refugee status and travel document in a third country) ;
2- Holders of residence permit residing in the given GCC country at date of census, as per definition of residence used in each of the countries.

Employment refers to: all persons of working age (15 and above), who during a reference period worked to produce goods or provide services for pay (cash or kind)
or worked for profit from their own (or partially owned) business or worked without pay in the family business or with other individuals.
It also includes those who have a temporary absence from a job during the reference period due to vacation or illness or any other reason.

Bahrain: Employment data had been estimated based on 2010 Census.
Oman: Employment data only includes civil sector, and does not include those employed in the Defense, Armed Forces, and Police (Military).
UAE: No data available.

2- Sources of data:

Data is taken from:
GCC Stat. Labour Statistics in GCC Countries 2015, Issue n°3, March 2017.


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