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Qatar: Economically active population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and activity sector (2014)

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Qatari Non-Qatari Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Government Department  42,259 22,084 64,343 60,083 16,246 76,329 102,342 38,330 140,672
Government Company/ Corporation    7,844 3,639 11,483 42,463 8,105 50,568 50,307 11,744 62,051
Mixed  4,860 1,504 6,364 43,408 5,276 48,684 48,268 6,780 55,048
Private  6,953 3,877 10,830 1,214,727 45,356 1,260,083 1,221,680 49,233 1,270,913
Diplomatic/International/Regional  85 6 91 1,867 723 2,590 1,952 729 2,681
Non profit 249 172 421 654 364 1,018 903 536 1,439
Domestic 0 0 0 56,855 97,202 154,057 56,855 97,202 154,057
Total 62,250 31,282 93,532 1,420,057 173,272 1,593,329 1,482,307 204,554 1,686,861

Source: Annual Bulletin of Labor Force Sample survey 2014

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The data is taken from 2014 Labour Force Survey (yearly synthesis)
Sampling frame of LFS 2014: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: Around 7,000 households: 1- Qatari households; 2- Non-Qatari regular (non-collective) households; 3- Non-Qatari small collective households or labour gatherings (2 – 6 persons); 4- Non-Qatari large collective households or large labour gatherings (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.

Relation to labour force (for persons aged 15 and above)
In the labour force (= economically active).
1) Employed.
All persons aged 15 years an above, who during the week preceding the survey:
a) Perform a work for a wage, salary, profits or household gains, whether it was in cash or in kind.
b) Are temporarily not employed, however, they still have an official relation with their work
2) Unemployed.
All persons aged 15 years and over who were, during the week preceding the survey, without employment, willing to work and looking seriously for a job.
There is a distinction between two kinds of unemployed persons:
a) First time unemployed: They are the persons who never worked previously, and were during the week preceding the survey looking actively for work.
b) Unemployed who previously worked: They are the persons with a work experience, who during the week preceding the survey were actively looking for a job

Figures do not include persons seeking work for the first time

Outside the labour force (=economically inactive):
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; for 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:

Last date of access: September 2015.

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