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收入及工時按年統計調查所使用的職業分類 / Occupation classification used in Annual Earnings and Hours 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: 收入及工時按年統計調查所使用的職業分類
English: Occupation classification used in Annual Earnings and Hours 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?3 levels. Level 1 (major occupational groups) has 8 categories. Level 2 (sub-major occupational groups) has 29 categories. Level 3 (minor occupational groups) has 60 categories.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Level 1 is a 1-digit code, which refers to 8 major occupational groups, viz. (1) managers and administrators; (2) professionals; (3) associate professionals; (4) clerks; (5) service workers and shop sales workers; (6) craft and related workers; (7) plant and machine operators and assemblers; and (8) elementary occupations.

Level 2 is a 2-digit code, which refers to 29 sub-major occupational groups. An example is “legal, accounting, business and related professionals”, which is classified under the major occupational group of “professionals”.

Level 3 is a 3-digit code, which refers to 60 minor occupational groups. An example is “lawyers”, which is classified under the sub-major group of “legal, accounting, business and related professionals”.

Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.International Standard Classification of Occupations 1988 (ISCO-88)
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)The structure is basically same as that of ISCO-88 at the major level (i.e. the 1-digit level), except that “skilled agricultural and fishery workers” and “armed forces” are not used in the occupation classification of Annual Earnings and Hours Survey because such occupations are not covered by the survey.
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.More aggregate groupings are generally in use at the sub-major and minor group levels (i.e. the 2-digit and 3-digit levels) in view of the survey operational need.
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 major group level (i.e. the 1-digit level) of ISCO-88.
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.The occupation classification is used in Annual Earnings and Hours Survey conducted by the Census and Statistics Department. Data are collected at minor group (i.e. 3-digit code) level, and published at major group (i.e. 1-digit code) level.
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.)2009.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.2009.
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 Annual Earnings and Hours 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 survey operation of Annual Earnings and Hours 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 Word 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 (2),
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 (2),
Labour Statistics Branch (3),
Census and Statistics Department,
5/F, Fortress Tower, 250 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2887 5230
E-mail: aehs@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