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UAE: Total labour force in the private sector (2004-2015)

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Labour force
2004 2,013,523
2005 2,242,376
2006 2,567,349
2007 3,113,022
2008 4,079,453
2009 4,072,315
2010 3,880,494
2011 3,906,594
2012 4,044,364
2013 4,051,233
2014 4,444,500
2015 4,744,624

Source: Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE)


1. Characteristics of data

The figures pertain to the number of workers registered in the UAE’s private sector, with the MoHRE.
No metadata is available. It is unclear whether or not figures include nationals, and unemployed persons.
Domestic workers are not included.

2. Institution which provides data

Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE):

3. Data availability

The data is taken from the “open data” section of MoHRE website:
Data is available in PDF and Excel formats.

Date of access: March 2017.

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