A report on the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA) website has said the average monthly salary of a Qatari male is about four times higher than his non-Qatari counterpart and Qatari females have more than four times higher monthly salaries than their non-Qatari counterparts. While the monthly average salary of a Qatari male is QR20,721, that of a non-Qatari male is QR5,588. The median salary earned by Qatari females stands at QR15,313 and that of a non-Qatari female earns QR3,634.
The average monthly salary for workers is QR7,401 and the average monthly salary in public/mixed sector is QR 17,000, the QSA studies have found. More than two-third of country’s non-Qatari labour force have educational qualifications below secondary level, the report states. The report pointed out that about 39% of the Qatari males working in the government sector have obtained at least a secondary certificate. It has also noted that 73% of the working Qataris employed in public administration have secondary or higher education. It has pointed out that 84.9% of the managers in the country have qualifications above secondary level and among professionals, those having educational qualifications of secondary level or above come close to 87.5%.
The QSA studies found that at an average the country’s males work for 51 hours a week while their female counterparts spent nearly 53 hours at their work place. The total unemployment rate in the country was stated to stand at 0.6% with just about half of the unemployed seeking a job for at least six months.
The study noted that 93% of unemployed Qatari males have not completed their secondary level education. About half of the unemployed nationals have the desire to work in the private sector, the report states. The QSA studies said the percentage of a “not economically active population” above 15 years was 13.3% in 2011. Most of those coming in the group are either housewives or students.
The reports states that Qataris ‘not economically active’ number about 37%. Studies have found that in a population of 1,711.347, at the time of the survey, those considered to be in the working group (above 15 years) were 1,472.755, and of them 1,277.445 are economically active. The number of those who remained inactive economically was 195,310. Of Doha’s total population of 736,359, the report said that 637,272 are over the age of 15 and 555,198 are economically active. The city is home to 82,074 ‘economically inactive’, the report adds.
© Gulf Times Newspaper 2019