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2011 Philippine Standard Occupational Classification

Country / Area: Philippines

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)2011 Philippine Standard Occupational Classification (PSOC)
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?The 2011 PSOC consists of the following levels: , Major Group, Sub-major Group, Minor Group and Unit Group. There are 9 major groups, 43 sub-major groups, 130 minor groups, and 436 unit groups in the 2011 PSOC.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Example of occupation: Statistician (PSOC Code- 2122)

Major Group: 2 Professional
Sub-major Group: 21 Science and engineering professionals
Minor Group: 212 Mathematicians, actuaries and statisticians
Unit Group: 2122 Statisticians

Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, it is patterned after the 2008 International Standard Classification on Occupation (ISCO) developed by the International Labor 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 2011 PSOC is identical to the 2008 ISCO up to the four-digit level or unit group level except in Major Group 6 (Skilled Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Workers wherein some modifications were made at the four digit level.
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. 
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.)For international comparability, consistent data can be reported up to the three-digit level or the minor group level (three-digit level), in accordance with the existing Policy on the Revision and Amendment of Standard Statistical Classifications in the Philippine Statistical System (PSS).
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.It is being used by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in the conduct of censuses and surveys. It is also being used by the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
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.)It is being used by the DOLE as basis for manpower planning, program formulation, and policy decision-making in job placement or matching of job seekers with job vacancies as well as in management of short or long term migration of workers between countries.

It is also being used by the Technical and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and accredited educational institutions in the development of vocational training programs

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?None
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.)The 2011 PSOC was recently approved for adoption in the PSS on June 1, 2012 through NSCB Resolution No. 5, series of 2012
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The 2011 PSOC which was approved for adoption only last June 1, 2012 will be used in surveys and censuses to be conducted in 2013 onwards.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?None, since the ILO has just issued the 2008 ISCO. But based on the existing revision policy, it will be revised one year after the International Labor Organization (ILO) issue the international revision to ISCO.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)1992 Philippine Standard Occupational Classification (PSOC)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThe former national industrial classification or 1992 PSOC is aligned with the 1988 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))The 1992 PSOC ( As Amended in 2002) also consists of four (4) levels, namely, Major Occupational Group, Sub-major Occupational Group, Minor Group and Unit Group. It includes 9 major groups, 33 sub-major groups, 134 minor groups, and 438 unit groups.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?The 1992 PSOC was implemented in 1993.
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.Yes, since the 2011 PSOC was only approved in June, 2012.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes
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, EXCEL, PDF
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNational Statistical Coordination Board, Philippines
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNational Statistical Coordination Board
Midland Buendia Building, 403 Sen Gil Puyat Avenue,
Makati City 1200, Philippines
http://www.nscb.gov.ph or info@nscb.gov.ph
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNone

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/20/2012