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Qatar: Economically active population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and activity sector (2016)

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Qataris Non-Qataris Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Government Department 44,497 24,574 69,071 53,807 14,722 68,529 98,304 39,296 137,600
Government Company/ Corporation 8,815 4,358 13,173 49,754 8,456 58,210 58,569 12,814 71,383
Mixed 5,743 2,828 8,571 43,617 5,370 48,987 49,360 8,198 57,558
Private 5,685 4,368 10,053 1,497,088 95,489 1,592,577 1,502,773 99,857 1,602,630
Diplomatic/International/Regi-onal 128 56 184 3,306 1,459 4,765 3,434 1,515 4,949
Non profit 183 210 393 2,966 1,466 4,432 3,149 1,676 4,825
Domestic 0 0 0 66,121 107,621 173,742 66,121 107,621 173,742
Total 65,051 36,394 101,445 1,716,659 234,583 1,951,242 1,781,710 270,977 2,052,687

Source: Annual Bulletin of Labor Force Sample survey 2016
1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The data is taken from 2016 Labour Force Survey (yearly synthesis)
Sampling frame of LFS 2016: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: 60,016 persons, in 9,199 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.
The present data includes active population, i.e. employed and unemployed. It does not include persons seeking work for the first time

Relation to labour force (for persons aged 15 and above)
In the labour force (= economically active).
1) Employed.
All persons aged 15 years and 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

2. Institution which provides data 

Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics

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, and on a quarterly basis since 2013.
Labour Force Surveys (yearly and quarterly data) can be downloaded from MDPS’s website, in PDF and Excel format:

Last date of access: May 2018.

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