DOHA: There has been a significant increase in average Qatari household expenditure and a shift in the pattern of expenditure during the period of seven years beginning 2001, results of a ‘household income and expenditure’ survey has revealed.
The latest Qatar “Social Statistics 2003-2012” survey by the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics, reveals average monthly expenditure for Qatari households increased by 82.2 percent from QR22,400 to QR40,800. Among Qatari households, housing took up the biggest share (29.3 percent of total expenditure per month), in contrast to 17.6 percent in 2001, followed by transport expenditure 13.8 percent and different goods as well as services expenditure 13.3 percent.
Culture, recreation and transport were the sectors where the proportion of Qatari households’ expenditure increased, also (4.6 percent in 2007 compared to 2.4 percent in 2001), whereby it decreased for food and drinks (11.2 percent in 2007 compared with 17.5 percent in 20010). These proportions are important to measuring the standards of living.
The survey found that there was a 45.9 percent increase in the average monthly household expenditure for non-Qataris, from 9,100 in 2001 to 13,300 in 2007. The largest expenditure of the average household was housing, including water, electricity and fuel.
It took 31 percent of total expenditure, in contrast to 21, 7 percent in 2001, followed by transport (14.2 percent), and food and beverages took 13.8 percent, in contrast with 19 percent in 2001.
As a result of rising income and improved standards of living, Qatari households moved from the lower expenditure categories to the upper ones. Qatari households in the expenditure category of below of QR5,000 per month were 0.1 percent in 2007, compared to 1.3 percent in 2001; while household categories that spent over QR50,000 a month constituted 21.2 percent of Qatari households in 2007, compared with 6.6 percent in 2001.
Wages and salaries were the source of 56.7 percent of Qatari household income in 2007, compared to 72.9 percent in 2001. Private projects of Qataris contributed 33 percent of the income, in contrast with 18 percent in 2001.
Current transfers from government constituted 6 percent of the income, in contrast to 0.5 percent in 2001; these transfers were in the form of periodic social assistance, government grants, assistance for widows, divorced women as well as the disabled, and pensions. As to the financial investments in shares, they comprised 3.7 percent of the Qatari household income in 2007, compared to 0.8 percent in 2001.
Wages and salaries were the conventional source of income for non-Qatari households; it represented 95.9 percent of their income in 2007, compared to 97 percent in 2001. Projects of non-Qataris contributed 3.5 percent of their income in 2007, compared with 1.9 percent in 2001.