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Qatar: Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and relation to labour force (2014)

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Nationality   In the labour force Outside the labour force Grand Total
  Employed Unemployed Total in labour force Housewife Student Disabled  Retired  Other Total 
  Seeking work for 1st time   Unpd. with previous employment 
Qatari Males 62,202 209 48 62,459 0 15,941 1,269 10,202 822 28,234 90,693
  Females 31,282 569 0 31,851 27,752 21,663 2,110 5,881 1,662 59,068 90,919
  Total 93,484 778 48 94,310 27,752 37,604 3,379 16,083 2,484 87,302 181,612
Non-Qatari Males 1,419,940 659 117 1,420,716 0 27,615 1,999 0 2,963 32,577 1,453,293
  Females 173,247 1,635 25 174,907 87,582 25,922 1,317 0 4,530 119,351 294,258
  Total 1,593,187 2,294 142 1,595,623 87,582 53,537 3,316 0 7,493 151,928 1,747,551
Total Males 1,482,142 868 165 1,483,175 0 43,556 3,268 10,202 3,785 60,811 1,543,986
Females 204,529 2,204 25 206,758 115,334 47,585 3,427 5,881 6,192 178,419 385,177
Total 1,686,671 3,072 190 1,689,933 115,334 91,141 6,695 16,083 9,977 239,230 1,929,163

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

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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