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Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and inactivity status (2013)

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Housewife Student Disabled Retired Other Total
Qatari Males 0 13,990 1,375 10,102 835 26,302
Females 26,947 21,757 2,067 6,380 1,651 58,802
Total 26,947 35,747 3,442 16,482 2,486 85,104
Non-Qatari Males 0 23,165 1,824 0 2,293 27,282
Females 86,580 23,268 1,105 0 3,670 114,623
Total 86,580 46,433 2,929 0 5,963 141,905
Total Males 0 37,155 3,199 10,102 3,128 53,584
Females 113,527 45,025 3,172 6,380 5,321 173,425
Total 113,527 82,180 6,371 16,482 8,449 227,009

Source: QSA, Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics


1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The data is taken from 2013 Labour Force Survey (yearly synthesis)
Sampling frame of LFS 2013: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: 8,342 households and 55,771 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).
Data Collection: The sample was divided into equal parts to collect data monthly. Each month 1/3 of the quarterly data were collected during the first two weeks of the month.
Reference period for the labour force data: the week prior to data collection day.
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. labour 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.

Outside the labour force = economically inactive (for persons aged 15 and above):
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), Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics
( for website in English; website in Arabic)

3. Data availability

The Statistics Authority conducted the first labour Force Sample Survey in 2001. Starting from 2006, the execution of these surveys came to be on annual basis. Quarterly publications of Labour Force Surveys’ data are also available since 2012.
Most Labour Force Surveys and publications related to the labour force are available on QSA’s website, in PDF format. LFS 2013 can be downloaded from:
See also Qatar Information Exchange for earlier Labour Force Surveys. QIX has also an interactive data base compiling data on the labour force taken from available surveys:

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