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Qatar: Economically active population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and activity sector (2015)

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Qataris Non-Qataris Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Government Department 42.829 23.157 65.986 58.526 16,53 75.056 101.355 39.687 141.042
Government Company/ Corporation 7.872 4.650 12.522 53.286 9.031 62.317 61.158 13.681 74.839
Mixed 5.710 2.254 7.964 43.522 6.322 49.844 49.232 8.576 57.808
Private 7.517 4.154 11.671 1.412.777 87.179 1.499.956 1.420.294 91.333 1.511.627
Diplomatic/International/Regi-onal 95 7 102 3.141 1.209 4.350 3.236 1.216 4.452
Non profit 118 100 218 267 999 1.266 385 1.099 1.484
Domestic 0 0 0 57.199 105.177 162.376 57.199 105.177 162.376
Total 64.141 34.322 98.463 1.628.718 226.447 1.855.165 1.692.859 260.769 1.953.628

Source: Annual Bulletin of Labor Force Sample survey 2015

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

2. Institution which provides data
Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics

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:
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: June 2017.

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