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UAE: Percentage distribution of employed population (aged 15 and above) by nationality (Emiratis, non-Emiratis), sex and occupation category (2017).

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 Emiratis  Non-Emiratis Total 
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Lawmakers, Senior Officials and Managers 12.8% 11.6% 12.4% 7.8% 6.1% 7.5% 8.0% 6.5% 7.7%
Professionals 25.4% 47.5% 32.3% 13.5% 21.6% 15.0% 14.0% 23.6% 15.8%
Technicians and Associate Professionals 25.0% 18.3% 22.9% 11.7% 8.8% 11.2% 12.2% 9.5% 11.7%
Supportive Office Staff 8.1% 16.7% 10.8% 3.5% 7.0% 4.1% 3.6% 7.7% 4.4%
Services and Sales Workers 23.7% 4.6% 17.8% 14.4% 10.4% 13.7% 14.8% 10.0% 13.9%
Skilled Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Workers 0.3% 0.0% 0.2% 1.0% 0.0% 0.9% 1.0% 0.0% 0.8%
Craft and Related Trades Workers 0.6% 0.2% 0.5% 23.6% 0.3% 19.4% 22.8% 0.3% 18.6%
Factory Operators, Machinery and Assembly Workers 1.4% 0.1% 1.0% 12.7% 0.5% 10.5% 12.3% 0.5% 10.1%
Elementary Occupations 0.4% 0.2% 0.3% 11.4% 45.2% 17.5% 11.0% 41.8% 16.7%
Unknown 2.3% 0.7% 1.8% 0.3% 0.1% 0.3% 0.4% 0.2% 0.4%
Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

Source: Federal Competitiveness and Statistitics Authority (FCSA)
 
ANNEXED NOTE
 
1. Characteristics of data, definitions and population counting operations in the UAE

Since 2016, the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistitics Authority (FCSA) (formerly National Bureau of Statistics)
resumed the implementation of Labour Force Surveys. The last one was conducted in 2009.
No metadata and methodological indications for the current Labour Force Survey are available.
No numeric figures are available.
Methodology and questionnaire for LFS 2009: http://methods.fcsa.gov.ae/Forms/SurveyQuestMeth/SurveyQuest.aspx
According to informations received by GLMM, the sampling base of the LFS could be family budget surveys, which in turn are based on the 2005 census,
with minor modifications.  Results of LFS conducted at the national level, therefore, may be taken with caution.

2. Institution which provides data 

Federal Competitiveness and Statistitics Authority (FCSA)

3. Data availability

The results of 2008, 2009, 2016 and 2017 Labour Force Surveys are available (in Excel format) in FCSA’s website, section “Statistics by Subject”
http://fcsa.gov.ae/en-us/Pages/Statistics/Statistics-by-Subject.aspx#/%3Fyear=&folder=Demography%20and%20Social/Labour%20Force&subject=Demography%20and%20Social
Data is also available in the section “Open data”, in the data portal (“Report builder”)
http://uaenumbers.fcsa.gov.ae/UAEFCSALF2019/labor-force

Last date of access: July 2019.

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