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Qatar: Economically active foreign population aged 15 and above by occupation and sector of economic activity (2015)

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occupation/ profession
Legislators, Senior Officials and Managers Professionals Technicians and Associate Professionals Clerks Service Workers and Shop and Market Sales Workers Skilled Agricultural and Fishery Workers Craft and Related Trades Workers Plant and Machine Operators And Assemblers Elementary Occupations Total
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 100 542 245 307 1,664 17,411 795 524 2,370 23,958
Mining and quarrying 5,431 11,323 8,665 3,761 2,600 176 35,593 12,598 12,210 92,357
Manufacturing 3,923 8,651 8,643 2,913 5,573 0 60,120 28,896 14,898 133,617
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 554 2,343 4,111 2,004 2,151 0 3,206 2,528 904 17,801
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 0 6,120 1,223 3,189 1,494 0 627 32 0 12,685
Construction 6,677 30,797 26,813 14,060 17,322 722 454,288 125,100 107,662 783,441
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 7,253 13,475 8,887 15,292 66,644 368 66,115 26,816 46,057 250,907
Transportation and storage 887 4,153 7,581 4,493 6,767 0 5,765 25,265 9,629 64,540
Accommodation and food service activities 469 1,158 2,060 1,782 23,535 48 3,413 2,972 14,640 50,077
Information and communication 1,136 4,558 1,565 594 153 0 982 680 843 10,511
Financial and insurance activities 1,999 3,877 129 2,057 1,092 0 45 39 3,047 12,285
Real estate activities 506 748 653 1,251 1,913 0 1,524 704 4,084 11,383
Professional, scientific and technical activities 1,084 3,498 1,541 1,192 1,130 0 10,540 3,462 5,947 28,394
Administrative and support service activities 252 1,913 1,361 2,708 3,064 1,327 8,202 5,747 30,023 54,597
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security 673 9,989 5,035 10,465 3,513 2,284 4,364 4,857 9,175 50,355
Education 1,934 23,065 1,822 1,279 7,169 6 19 1,317 2,572 39,183
Human health and social work activities 428 9,732 4,470 2,060 2,539 366 506 1,511 3,436 25,048
Arts, entertainment and recreation 445 1,396 1,232 580 287 297 4,356 2,943 2,057 13,593
Other service activities 48 1,543 383 716 2,747 237 1,680 1,321 5,032 13,707
Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of households for own use 0 154 388 688 24,701 1,008 609 46,351 88,477 162,376
Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies 398 1,132 607 605 410 84 430 0 684 4,350
Total 34,197 140,167 87,414 71,996 176,468 24,334 663179 293,663 363,747 1,855,165

 

Source: Annual Bulletin of Labor Force Sample survey 2015

 
ANNEXED NOTE
 
1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The data is taken from 2015 Labour Force Survey (yearly synthesis)
Sampling frame of LFS 2015: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: 44,756 persons, in 6,953  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 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

Classification of economic activities: ISIC Rev. 4.

2. Institution which provides data

Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics
(http://www.mdps.gov.qa/en/pages/default.aspx)

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.
2015′ and earlier Labour Force Surveys can be downloaded from MDPS’s website, in PDF and Excel format:
http://www.mdps.gov.qa/en/statistics1/pages/topicslisting.aspx?parent=Social&child=LaborForce
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:
http://www.qix.gov.qa/portal/page/portal/qix/subject_area/Statistics?subject_area=183

Last date of access: January 2017.

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