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UAE: Total labour force in the private sector by economic activity (2015)

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Economic sector 2015
Construction 1,550,459
Trade and Repair Services 1,122,943
Manufacturing 455,097
Real  Estate and Rental and Business Services 543,321
Transportation Storage and Communication 358,041
Hotels and Restaurants 211,535
Community and Personal Services and Other 179,078
Educational Services and Studies 81,834
Financial Intermediation 60,385
Others 173,855
Undefined 8,076
Total 4,744,624

Source: Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE), 2015


1. Characteristics of data

The figures pertain to the number of workers registered in the UAE’s private sector, with the MoHRE.
No definition of covered population or other metadata is available. It is unclear whether or not figures include nationals.
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: January 2017.

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