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勞工收入統計調查中的工資統計調查所使用的職業分類 / Occupation classification used in Wage Enquiry of Labour Earnings Survey

Country / Area: China, Hong Kong SAR

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)Chinese: 勞工收入統計調查中的工資統計調查所使用的職業分類
English: Occupation classification used in Wage Enquiry of Labour Earnings Survey
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.No.
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?2 levels. Level 1 (occupational groups) has 6 categories. Level 2 (occupations) has around 400 categories.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Level 1 is a 1-digit code, which refers to 6 occupational groups, viz. (1) supervisory and technical workers; (2) clerical and secretarial workers; (3) craftsmen; (4) operatives; (5) service workers; and (6) miscellaneous non-production workers.

Level 2 is a 4-digit code, which refers to around 400 principal occupations up to supervisory level, such as junior cook in Chinese restaurants and bell superintendent/bell captain in hotels.

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)Not 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.Not applicable.
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.)Not applicable.
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.No. [Note: The Wage Enquiry of Labour Earnings Survey only focuses on principal occupations up to supervisory level in selected industries. Also, some occupations covered in the survey are more detailed than those given in international classifications.]
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 occupation classification is used in the Wage Enquiry of Labour Earnings Survey conducted by the Census and Statistics Department. Data are collected at occupational level (i.e. 4-digit code) for compilation of wage indices at occupational group level (i.e. 1-digit code). Wage rates for common 4-digit occupation codes are published for rough reference only due to relatively large sampling error.
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.)Nil.
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.)1988.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.1988.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)No former occupation classification was used in the Wage Enquiry of Labour Earnings Survey.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNot applicable.
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))Not applicable.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Not applicable.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Not applicable.
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.Not applicable.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?No. The classification is for internal use in the Wage Enquiry of Labour Earnings Survey.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?No.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not applicable.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No.
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 and Excel formats.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?No.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationWages and Labour Costs Statistics Section (1),
Labour Statistics Branch (3),
Census and Statistics Department
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryWages and Labour Costs Statistics Section (1),
Labour Statistics Branch (3),
Census and Statistics Department,
6/F, Fortress Tower, 250 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2887 5584
E-mail: wage@censtatd.gov.hk
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNil.

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/10/2012