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香港標準行業分類2.0 版 / Hong Kong Standard Industrial Classification
(HSIC)

Country / Area: China, Hong Kong SAR

Classification category: Activity classifications

 
General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Chinese: 香港標準行業分類2.0 版
English: Hong Kong Standard Industrial Classification Version 2.0 (HSIC V2.0)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Chinese and English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes.
http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sc30.jsp?productCode=B2XX0005
 
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?
HSIC V2.0ISIC Rev. 4
Code (digit)No. of categoriesCode (digit)No. of categories
1 alphabet21 Industry Sections1 alphabet21 Sections
2 numeral88 Industry Divisions2 numeral88 Divisions
3 numeral221 Industry Groups3 numeral238 Groups
4 numeral483 Industry Classes4 numeral419 Classes
6 numeral1 001 Industry Sub-classesNot applicable
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.
LevelCodeDescription
Industry SectionCManufacturing
Industry Division14Manufacture of wearing apparel
Industry Group141Manufacture of wearing apparel (except fur, knitted and crocheted apparel)
Industry Class1411Manufacture of garments and clothing
Industry Sub-class141104Manufacture of under garments and night garments
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes. It adopts the basic framework and principles of the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities Revision 4 (ISIC Rev.4).
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)
HSIC V2.0ISIC Rev. 4
Code (digit)No. of categoriesCode (digit)No. of categories
1 alphabet21 Industry Sections1 alphabet21 Sections
2 numeral88 Industry Divisions2 numeral88 Divisions
3 numeral221 Industry Groups3 numeral238 Groups
4 numeral483 Industry Classes4 numeral419 Classes
6 numeral1 001 Industry Sub-classesNot applicableNot applicable
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.“Import/Export” is a group not found in ISIC Rev. 4 but a level 2 group in HSIC. It is further divided into two level 3 groups, namely, “Import for wholesale” and “Export trade” in HSIC V2.0. The separation of “Import for wholesale” from other industries in HSIC V2.0 (which cannot be singled out in HSIC V1.1) is in particular useful since it can be combined with another level 2 group “Wholesale” to provide a good framework for studies on domestic wholesaling activities.

In general, the two-digit categories of HSIC V2.0 are compatible with those of ISIC Rev. 4, following the recommendation of the UNSD on maintaining compliance at level 2. Furthermore, high degree of conformance is achieved for the third and fourth levels (i.e. 3- and 4-digit) in HSIC V2.0.

3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)The two-digit categories of HSIC V2.0 represent the most important local industry sectors and are compatible with those of ISIC Rev. 4. This compatibility serves to follow the recommendation of the UNSD on maintaining compliance at level 2 of ISIC Rev. 4. Furthermore, high degree of conformance is achieved for the third and fourth levels (i.e. 3- and 4-digit) in HSIC V2.0.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.Not applicable.
 
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.All surveys conducted by the Census and Statistics Department which collect/publish industry specific data use HSIC V2.0 as the standard classification for industries, such as the following major economic
and social surveys:
- Population Census and By-census
- Annual Survey of Economic Activities
- Quarterly Survey of Employment and Vacancies
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)(i) Business promotion by individual companies/trade organisations (through sending out promotion letters/leaflets, etc.)
(ii) Promulgation of policies/good practices (e.g. healthy eating, occupational safety) by government departments (through sending out publicity materials like leaflets, invitation letters for talks/seminars/consultations, etc.)
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?Nil.
 
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)HSIC V2.0 implemented in 2009.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.HSIC V2.0 has been used progressively in different economic and social survey systems by the Census and Statistics Department since 2009.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?HSIC V2.0 will be reviewed from time to time to reflect the significant changes in the local economy. References will be made to ISIC as well as views of stakeholders so that the revised framework of HSIC is able to reflect relevance to the current global economic activities, achieve comparability of statistics from international and other statistical economies, and maintain continuity with historical data series. There is no imminent plan for a major update of HSIC V2.0.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)香港標準行業分類1.1 版
Hong Kong Standard Industrial Classification Version 1.1 (HSIC V1.1)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsISIC Rev. 2.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))
HSIC V1.1HSIC V2.0
Code (digit)No. of categoriesCode (digit)No. of categories
1 numeral9 Industry Sectors1 alphabet21 Industry Sections
3 numeral84 Major Industry Groups2 numeral88 Industry Divisions
4 numeral404 Industry Groups3 numeral221 Industry Groups
4 numeral483 Industry Classes
6 numeral886 Industries/Trades6 numeral1 001 Industry Sub-classes
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Implemented in 2001.
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.No.
 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes, there are explanatory notes stipulating the coverage and major exclusion for codes at all levels.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Correspondence tables are available for HSIC V2.0 and ISIC Rev. 4.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not applicable.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, in PDF format.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes.
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationEmployment Statistics and Central Register of Establishments Section,
Labour Statistics Branch (1),
Census and Statistics Department
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryEmployment Statistics and Central Register of Establishments Section,
Labour Statistics Branch (1),
Census and Statistics Department,
20/F, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2582 5574
E-mail: cre@censtatd.gov.hk
 
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNil.

Source: UN questionnaire, 10/09/2012