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Singapore Standard Industrial Classification
(SSIC 2010)

Country / Area: Singapore

Classification category: Activity 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)Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) 2010
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.http://www.singstat.gov.sg/statsres/ssc/ssic.html
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?Hierarchical structure with 5 levels (Section, Division, Group, Class and Item):
- 22 Sections
- 82 Divisions
- 204 Groups
- 388 Classes
- 1,097 Items
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.- Section: Highest level of aggregation, with each section being denoted by a single alphabetical letter from ‘A’ to ‘V’.
- Division: Highest numerical category in the SSIC 2010, consisting of 2-digit codes.
- Group: 3-digit codes
- Class: 4-digit codes
- Item: Most detailed level of classification, consisting of 5-digit codes.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Revision 4 (2008)
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 SSIC 2010 adopts the basic framework of, and is closely with, the ISIC Rev 4. However, the SSIC 2010 has one more level, with the most detailed at the 5-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.While the SSIC 2010 adheres closely to the structure of the ISIC, there are deviations to take into account the local context and recent changes in economic activities. For instance, the ISIC Rev 4 has very comprehensive and detailed codes for the agriculture and fishing and mining section. Detailed codes, where not applicable in Singapore’s context, were combined under one or more codes in the SSIC 2010. Similarly, for water transport activity, the 4-digit classes in the SSIC 2010 are grouped by passenger and freight water transport only, unlike the case of ISIC Rev 4, where there are separate 4-digit classes for ‘inland’ passenger and freight water transport and ‘sea and coastal’ passenger and freight water transport. This deviation takes into consideration the difficulty in differentiating firms providing sea/coastal vs inland water transport in a small country like Singapore.
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.)Reporting is usually done at the broadest level in most instances, although it may be done at different levels for some cases, depending on the specific requirements. For example, business statistics may be reported between the Section to Class level (one to four-digit) of the ISIC.
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.-
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 SSIC 2010 is used in the collection and compilation of economic, business and population statistics in the Statistical Office. The research and statistics units and other relevant government agencies also use the SSIC 2010 for specific industry censuses or surveys like the census of manufacturing activities and the compilation of key statistics such as labour market statistics. The SSIC 2010 is typically used at the more detailed level (i.e. 4 or 5-digit level) in data collection and published at broader levels (i.e. 1 or 2-digit 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.)A key user of the classification for non-statistical purposes is the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), the national regulator of business entities and public accountants in Singapore. The ACRA uses the SSIC 2010 in the registration of all business entities.
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?-
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 SSIC 2010 was released for use in March 2010.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The SSIC 2010 was used in the Singapore Census of Population 2010 conducted in 2010. It was also adopted in the compilation of economic and business statistics within two years after its release.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?There are plans to revise the current classification to SSIC 2015 in the next 5-yearly review.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) 2005
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsInternational Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Revision 4 (2004) (Draft)
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))Hierarchical structure with 5 levels (Section, Division, Group, Class and Item):
- 22 Sections
- 64 Divisions
- 164 Groups
- 331 Classes
- 1,089 Items
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?2005.
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.Statistical data collected and published by the Statistical Office are based on the latest classification.
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)?-
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?-
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes – PDF and Excel
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 classificationSingapore Department of Statistics
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquirySingapore Department of Statistics
100 High Street #05-01, The Treasury, Singapore 179434
Tel: (65) 6332 7686
Fax: (65) 6332 7689
Email: info@singstat.gov.sg
Website: www.singstat.gov.sg
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/4/2012