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Inactive population (15 years and more) by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and education level (2012)

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  Qataris Non-Qataris Total
  Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Illiterate 1,473 5,389 6,862 0 4,096 4,096 1,473 9,485 10,958
Reads and writes 5,061 5,917 10,978 188 14,536 14,724 5,249 20,453 25,702
Primary 2,472 8,437 10,909 2,321 9,957 12,278 4,793 18,394 23,187
Preparatory 5,261 9,745 15,006 9,340 7,464 16,804 14,601 17,209 31,810
Secondary 7,596 15,276 22,872 9,998 32,805 42,803 17,594 48,081 65,675
Diploma 525 578 1,103 759 5,236 5,995 1,284 5,814 7,098
University and above  4,039 9,057 13,096 3,962 27,991 31,953 8,001 37,048 45,049
Total 26,427 54,399 80,826 26,568 102,085 128,653 52,995 156,484 209,479

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.


Inactive population:

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


Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)



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: September 2013.


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