International Classification of Activities for Time Use Statistics 2016
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International Classification of Activities for Time Use Statistics 2016 (ICATUS 2016)
United Nations Statistics Division
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Classification internationale des activités à prendre en compte dans les statistiques de l’emploi du temps 2016 (ICATUS 2016)
Clasificación Internacional de Actividades para Estadísticas sobre el Uso del Tiempo 2016 (ICATUS 2016)
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Excel and csv from https://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic-social/time-use/icatus-2016/
Purpose of the Classification
1.11 Time use
It is a classification of all the activities a person may spend time on during the 24 hours in a day. Its purpose is to serve as a standard framework for time-use statistics based on activities grouped in a meaningful way to facilitate international comparisons.
Time use statistics
National Statistical Offices
ICATUS 2016 is a classification of all activities that the general population will spend time on during the 24 hours in a day.
Concept Being Classified:
Activities that the general population will spend time on during the 24 hours in a day.
The main classification criterion which has been used in the construction of the classification is the “productive” nature of an activity. Daily activities can be categorized into those that are considered productive and those that are “non-productive” (personal activities) from an economic/SNA point of view. Additionally, the ILO framework for work statistics was used as a basis to further classify productive activities. Personal activities are classified according to the nature of the activity (for example, learning, socializing, and satisfying physiologic needs).
Relationships to Other International Classifications:
Major Differences (Scope, Structure, and Concepts):
The unit classified in time use statistics (the time spent by individuals on a given activity) is not the same as the economic units classified in employment and production statistics, typically the establishment. Therefore, the economic activity of a worker at a particular point in time may differ from the primary activity of the establishment where he or she works.
Definition of Structure:
Number of Items:
Criteria for Definition of Levels:
The universality or frequency and regularity of occurrence of the activities
The importance of the particular set of activities in relation to the objectives of time-use surveys and uses of time-use statistics.
Chronology of revisions/versions of the classification:
Title or Version Number:
Official Adopting Entity:
UN Statistical Commission
ICATUS 2016 was just endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission in March 2017.
Reason for Latest Revision:
Reflect comments from countries based on their experiences.
Reflect and align with latest statistical concepts and standards.
a) Structure has been simplified and the new classification has only 3 levels and 9 major divisions
b) Terminology has been revised to avoid confusion with others used in other standards
c) Metadata has been updated to reflect latest international definitions and standards
Coding Index Available:
Training Materials and Other Documents:
Agency / Office:
Social and Housing Statistics Section, Demographic and Social Statistics Branch, UNSD