Despite widespread opinion to the contrary, Qataris are displaying more interest in working for the private sector, especially Qataris women. Seventy five per cent of all employment positions in the nation are found in the private sector.
The amount of Qataris working within the public sector sits around 71 per cent, but more residents are now working within the private sector. The number of those jumped 215 per cent from 2004 to 2010. Within the women of Qatar that increase shot up to 620 per cent based on data in the Census of Population, Housing and Establishments for 2010 which was completed this past April.
At an event marking World Statistics Day held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, the QSA (Qatar Statistics Authority) released the final numbers from the census.
Among many senior officials present, the event was attended by H E Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari, minister for culture, the arts and heritage, as well as Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al Thani, the president of the QSA.
Qatar experienced a population growth of 14 per cent on average from 2004 until this year, when it hit 1.7 million in April.
Over the next eight years Qatar’s population is forecasted to reach 2.1 million based on the top estimates. Projections included in the QSA report say it could hit 2.5 million by 2020. Low estimates put the population at 1.8 million by 2018 and up to 1.9 million by 2020.
Qatar has experienced an overall growth in population of 180 per cent in the period from 2004 to 2010. Only 24 per cent of the current population is women, while men number 76 per cent. When focusing on residents between the ages of 20 and 59 that gender gap is even more apparent because of the sizable collection of male expats working within the nation. The population of Qatar has a median age of 31.
Looking at current pricing, the GDP has grown 210 per cent from 2004 to 2009, while government expenditures have risen 316 per cent over the same span of time.
Much of the population is concentrated in Al Rayyan and Doha, which contain 74 per cent of residents. Across the nation the population density sits at 146 people per square kilometer.
Because almost 50 per cent of all Qataris live in Doha the population density there climbs to 3,394 people per square kilometer.
Illiteracy has been greatly reduced, falling by 50 per cent since 2004. Both secondary education and post-secondary achievements have risen greatly among Qatar residents. In 2009 the literacy rate was recorded at 94.7 per cent for Qataris males and 92.9 per cent for females.
Unemployment rates have been positive, hovering around 0.3 per cent in 2009. The jobless rate for men was 1.8 per cent while it sat at 3.6 per cent for women. Over the years since 2004 employment has risen by 290 per cent.
Private sector jobs jumped by a 356 per cent and mixed sectors rose by 348 per cent, much higher than the 125 per cent figures seen in public sector employment in Qatar.Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News