Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, and Population (GLMM) Programme

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Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/non-Qatari), sex and marital status (2012)

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  Qatari Non-Qatari Total
  Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Never Married 29.433 31.035 60.468 251.968 51.499 303.467 281.401 82.534 363.935
Married 51.549 44.078 95.627 888.224 190.400 1.078.624 939.773 234.478 1.174.251
Divorced 1.187 2.956 4.143 4.503 1.539 6.042 5.690 4.495 10.185
Widowed 614 5.161 5.775 328 2.065 2.393 942 7.226 8.168
Total 82.783 83.230 166.013 1.145.023 245.503 1.390.526 1.227.806 328.733 1.556.539

Source: Labour Force Bulletin 2012




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.

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.



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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