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Jamaica Standard Occupational Classification
(JSOC 1991)

Country / Area: Jamaica

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)Jamaica Standard Occupational Classification (JSOC) 1991
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?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?Level 1 Major Group 1-digit Numerical Code 10 Major Groups
Level 2 Sub-Major Group 2-digit Numerical Code 28 Sub-Major Groups
Level 3 Minor Group 3-digit Numerical Code 117 Minor Groups
Level 4 Unit Group 4-digit Numerical Code 437 Unit Groups
Level 5 Occupation 5-digit Numerical Code 1673 Occupations
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Level 1 Major Group (1-digit Number Code)
e.g. Major Group 5 – Service Workers and Shop and Market Sales Workers

Level 2 Sub-Major Group (2-digit Number Code)
e.g. Sub-Major Group 51 – Personal and Protective Services Workers

Level 3 Minor Group (3-digit Number Code)
e.g. Minor Group 513 – Personal Care and related Workers

Level 4 Unit Group (4-digit Number Code)
e.g. Unit Group 5131 – Child Care Workers

Level 5 Occupation (5-digit Number Code)
e.g. Occupation 51311 – Governess, Children
Occupation 51312 – Nanny
Occupation 51313 – Babysitter
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.The JSOC 1991 is based on the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) 1988, published by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
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 classification structure adheres to the ISCO up to the 3-digit level (Minor Group).
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.There are no major deviations from the international standard.
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.)Data can be reported at the 3-digit level upwards (Minor Group to Major Group) for the purposes of international comparison.
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 JSOC 1991 is used for the following statistical purposes:
- The classification of the labour force by occupation
- The classification of occupations reported in decennial Population and Housing Censuses
- The classification of occupations reported in Ad hoc socio-economic surveys
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.)Ministry of Labour and Social Security (Labour market analysis)
Heart Trust NTA (National vocational Training Agency) (Career planning)
Planning Institute of Jamaica (Labour market analysis)
University of the West Indies – (Career planning)
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.)1995
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Information unavailable
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?JSOC 1991 is currently under revision.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Jamaica Standard Occupational Classification (JSOC) 1968
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsDifficulty encountered to establish a link with ISCO
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))Information unavailable
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?No
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Information unavailable
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?No
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, but an Alphabetical Index (to accompany the official Occupational Classification) exists as a separate compendium.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes. The JSOC classification structure is available in Microsoft Excel format.
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 classificationStatistical Institute of Jamaica
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryinfo@statinja.gov.jm
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantAdditionally the revised classification will include:
• Detailed occupational definitions
• Alphabetical Index
• Conversion tables (detailing the relationship between the current (1991) and the revised; the revised and the parent (ISCO 2008))
• Appendices with a summary of the major changes.

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/30/2012