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

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Qatari Non-Qatari Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Legislators, Senior Officials And Managers 8,081 2,030 10,111 28,269 4,373 32,642 36,350 6,403 42,753
Professionals 13,968 16,055 30,023 116,873 40,220 157,093 130,841 56,275 187,116
Technicians And Associate Professionals 11,404 5,340 16,744 111,169 10,193 121,362 122,573 15,533 138,106
Clerks 15,211 10,211 25,422 60,648 23,243 83,891 75,859 33,454 109,313
Service Workers And Shop And Market Sales Workers 5,869 2,142 8,011 139,776 46,693 186,469 145,645 48,835 194,480
Skilled Agricultural And Fishery Workers 0 0 0 25,250 0 25,250 25,250 0 25,250
Craft And Related Trades Workers 5,546 0 5,546 666,320 463 666,783 671,866 463 672,329
Plant And Machine Operators And Assemblers 1,457 0 1,457 291,727 721 292,448 293,184 721 293,905
Elementary Occupations 3,515 616 4,131 276,627 108,677 385,304 280,142 109,293 389,435
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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