1.55 mn working individuals in Qatar; 24% of those unemployed sought jobs for over a year
While Qatar’s labour force has reached 1.55 million by end of 2013, 24% of unemployed were without jobs for over a year.
According to a Labour Force Sample Survey for the fourth quarter of 2013, released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, the working age population (15 years and above) in Qatar is about 1.8 million (10% were nationals), out of which 1.55 million were economically active by the fourth quarter of 2013. From the working population, 96,000 were Qataris.
In terms of monthly average salary, males received a higher wage than females – QR10,000 and QR8,000 respectively.
Of the economically inactive population, 24% were males and 76% were females, together comprising 216,000 individuals. While a majority of the economically inactive males were full-time students (75%), housewives constituted the same for females (65%).
Among the unemployed individuals, 39% were Qataris while 60% were non-Qataris. Maximum respondents (42%) cited lack of job opportunities as a reason for unemployment, while the second main reason was lack of suitable work (19%). About 77% of unemployed Qataris were not willing to work in the private sector, mainly because of the hours of work (34%) and work timings (20%).