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Qatar: Economically active population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and education level (2017)

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Qatari Non-Qatari Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Illiterate 14 0 14 21,775 1,940 23,715 21,789 1,940 23,729
Read & Write 560 112 672 202,199 23,466 225,665 202,759 23,578 226,337
Literacy 0 0 0 1,398 154 1,552 1,398 154 1,552
Primary 3,318 336 3,654 367,648 49,736 417,384 370,966 50,072 421,038
Preparatory 9,063 2,492 11,555 490,051 43,422 533,473 499,114 45,914 545,028
Vocational Training 0 0 0 30,954 106 31,060 30,954 106 31,060
Secondary 26,150 11,443 37,593 281,753 37,380 319,133 307,903 48,823 356,726
Diploma 2,550 1,190 3,740 84,581 13,883 98,464 87,131 15,073 102,204
University  21,466 19,551 41,017 205,326 64,055 269,381 226,792 83,606 310,398
Higher Diploma 1,008 798 1,806 9,045 1,044 10,089 10,053 1,842 11,895
M.A / M.Sc. 1,736 686 2,422 11,173 2,770 13,943 12,909 3,456 16,365
Ph.D. 1,022 449 1,471 5,667 1,032 6,699 6,689 1,481 8,170
Total 66,887 37,057 103,944 1,711,570 238,988 1,950,558 1,778,457 276,045 2,054,502

Source: Annual Bulletin of Labour Force Sample Survey 2017
 
ANNEXED NOTE
 
1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The data is taken from 2017 Labour Force Survey (yearly synthesis)
Sampling frame of LFS 2017: Population Census 2015.
Sample size: 60,278 persons, in 9,200 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
(http://www.mdps.gov.qa/en/pages/default.aspx)

3. Data availability 

The Statistics Authority conducted the first labour Force Sample Survey in 2001. After 2006, surveys were conducted on an annual basis.
After 2013, LFS surveys were conducted on a quarterly basis.
Labour Force Surveys (yearly and quarterly data) can be downloaded from MDPS’s website, in PDF and Excel format:
http://www.mdps.gov.qa/en/statistics1/pages/topicslisting.aspx?parent=Social&child=LaborForce

Last date of access: January 2019.

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