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National Classifications

Schweizer Berufsnomenklatur / Nomenclature suisse des professions / Nomenclatura svizzera delle professioni
(SBN 2000 / NSP 2000 / NSP 2000)

Country / Area: Switzerland

Classification category: Occupation 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)English: Swiss Standard Classification of Occupations 2000 (SSCO 2000)
German: Schweizer Berufsnomenklatur 2000 (SBN 2000)
French: Nomenclature suisse des professions 2000 (NSP 2000)
Italian: Nomenclatura svizzera delle professioni 2000 (NSP 2000)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?German, French and Italian
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.German: http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/de/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/sbn_2000/01.html

French: http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/fr/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/sbn_2000/01.html

Italian: http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/it/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/sbn_2000/01.html

 
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?
 EnglishGermanFrenchItalian
one digitDivisionBerufsabteilungDivision de professionDivisione di professioni
two digitsClassBerufsklasseClasse de professionClasse di professioni
three digitsGroupBerufsgruppeGroupe de professionGruppo di professioni
five digitsTypeBerufsartGenre de professionGenere di professioni

Number of categories
one digit9
two digits39
three digits88
five digits383

2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.
 GermanFrenchItalian
4Berufe des Bau- und Aus¬baugewerbes und des BergbausProfessions de la construction et de l'exploitation minièreProfessioni dell'edilizia e delle industrie estrat¬tive
41Berufe des BaugewerbesProfessions de la constructionProfessioni dell'edilizia
411Berufe des Bauhaupt¬gewerbesProfessions de l'indu¬strie du bâtimentProfessioni dell'edilizia principale
411.03ZimmerleuteCharpentiersCarpentieri
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.No
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)There is no direct comparability.
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.The Swiss Standard Classification of Occupations 2000 is structured according to area of activity (similar to the principle of economic branch classification). Hardly any distinction is made accor¬ding to other structuring criteria such as level of skill.
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.)Our occupational database currently contains approximately 19,000 occupations. Each individual occupation is registered with an eight-digit, non-speaking code. The occupational text for each occupation is also translated into German, French and Italian and exists in masculine and feminine form. Each individual 8-digit code in the Swiss Occupational Database is transcoded to the various classifications, of which the ISCO-08 and the Swiss Standard Classification of Occupations 2000 are the most important.
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.This is not necessary (see 3 (d)).
 
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.The occupational database of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office is used for various surveys, for example the Swiss Labour Force Survey or the Swiss Structural Survey, which is part of the Swiss Federal Population Census, but also for very specialised surveys such as the Swiss Health Survey, the Causes of Death Statistics, the Swiss Statistics on Social Assistance or the Educa¬tion Statistics. Extracts from our occupational database are also used externally, for example in public administration, for scientific and research purposes or for banks or insurance companies who register the occupations of their customers with our codes and who undertake analyses such as the allocation of risk groups in accordance with the classifications. The occupational database is used for data collection. On the basis of the various classifications like the Swiss Standard Classification of Occupations 2000 the statistical results are published. Normally data are published on every level if there is a sufficiently large sample.
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.)TERMDAT, the terminology database of the Swiss Federal Administration, uses the occupational database for translations of job titles. The banks and assurances use the occupational codes for their administration and for the marketing (offers of special products to certain occupational groups like medical doctors, lawyers or engineers).
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?No
 
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.)In use since 2000.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.In use since 2000 for all surveys using the occupational codes.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?There are no definite plans, but it is possible that adjustments will be necessary because of the development of the professional world since 2000.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)German: Schweizer Berufsnomenklatur 1990 (SBN 1990)
French: Nomenclature suisse des professions 1990 (NSP 1990)
Italian: Nomenclatura svizzera delle professioni 1990 (NSP 1990)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThere is no link. However, each individual 8-digit code in the Swiss Occupational Database is transcoded to the ISCO 88 (COM).
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))
 GermanFrenchItalian
one digitBerufsabteilungDivision de professionDivisione di professioni
two digitsBerufsklasseClasse de professionClasse di professioni
three digitsBerufsgruppeGroupe de professionGruppo di professioni
five digitsBerufsartGenre de professionGenere di professioni

Number of categories

one digit4
two digits27
three digits87
five digits383

5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Principally, this is not necessary because the eight-digit codes stay stable during decennies. (Of course new occupations have to be added to our Occupational Database with new 8-digit codes.) If a new classification has to be introduced, each individual 8-digit code in the Swiss Occupational Data¬base is to transcode to the classification. If only statistical results based on the Schweizer Berufsnomenklatur 1990 (SBN 1990) are available (without the eight-digit codes), there is a conversion table from the former to the current classification. (On the other hand, conversions from the current to the former classification are impossible.) There are no other purposes this conversion table is used for.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?1990
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?See «Handbuch zur Berufsdatenbank» (explanatory notes in German) http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/de/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/sbn_2000/02.html or «Manuel de la Banque de données des professions» (explanatory notes in French) http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/fr/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/sbn_2000/02.html
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?This is not necessary (see 3 (d)).
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?There are no alternative classifications (see 4 (c)).
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?See 3 (d): Our occupational database currently contains approximately 19,000 occupations. Each individual occupation is registered with an eight-digit, non-speaking code. The occupational text for each occupation is also translated into German, French and Italian and exists in masculine and feminine form.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes (EXCEL, SDMX)
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes. The transcoding-key from the 8-digit codes in the Swiss Occupational Database to the ISCO-08 is available on EXCEL.
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationSwiss Federal Department of Home Affairs DHA, Federal Statistical Office, Labour Force Section, Urs Meier, scientific assistant
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryUrs Meier, Scientific assistant, Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Labour Force Section, Espace de l’Europe 10, CH-2010 Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Tel. ++41 32 713 62 69, Fax ++41 32 713 64 87, e-mail: mailto:urs.meier@bfs.admin.ch
 
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNo remarks.

Source: UN questionnaire, 21/08/2012