Available Classifications
Alternate structures
Alphabetical Indexes
Correspondence Tables
Free downloads
International Family of Classifications
  Best practices

National classifications

  Statistical Commission
  Expert Group
  Technical Subgroup
  Workshops and Training


Contact us

   Back to regional overview

National Classifications

Sozioprofessionelle Kategorien / Catégories socioprofessionnelles / Categorie socio-professionali
(SPK 2010 / CSP 2010 / CSP 2010)

Country / Area: Switzerland

Classification category: Expenditure 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)English: Socio-Professional Categories 2010 (SPC 2010)
German: Sozioprofessionelle Kategorien 2010 (SPK 2010)
French: Catégories socioprofessionnelles 2010 (CSP 2010)
Italian: Categorie socio-professionali 2010 (CSP 2010)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?German, French and Italian.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.German: http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/de/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/spk/02.html
French: http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/fr/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/spk/02.html
Italian (only titles): http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/it/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/spk/02.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?Number of categories:
 employed populationunemployed and inactive persons
First level107
Second level217

Terminology of the labels:
First level1. Ebeneniveau 1livello di classificazione 1
Second level2. Ebeneniveau 2livello di classificazione 2

2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.
10Oberstes Management
101Oberstes Management (privater Sektor)
102Oberstes Management (öffentlicher Sektor)
103Oberstes Management (Sektor nicht zugeteilt)
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)There is no international standard classification yet.
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.)-
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.The European Socio-economic Classification (ESeC) is currently under construction. According to the timetable the project should be finished in December 2013. The intention of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office is to use both classifications (European Socio-economic Classification (ESeC) and Socio-Professional Categories 2010 (SPC 2010)). Every user should have the possibility to choose the classification that fits better to his needs.
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 Socio-Professional Categories 2010 are used in the Swiss Labour Force Survey and the Swiss Structural Survey. The Socio-Professional Categories 2010 are additional codes based on other variables like occupation, occupational status, highest qualification obtained or size of company. That’s why they can’t be used for data collection. Normally data are published on every level if there is a sufficiently large sample.
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.)There are no institutions that can use the Socio-Professional Categories 2010 for non-statistical purposes.
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?There are no alternative classifications that are used by other institutions of the economy.
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.)2011
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.2011
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)English: Socio-Professional Categories 2000 (SPC 2000)
German: Sozioprofessionelle Kategorien 2000 (SPK 2000)
French: Catégories socioprofessionnelles 2000 (CSP 2000)
Italian: Categorie socio-professionali 2000 (CSP 2000)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThere is no link.
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))Number of categories:
 employed populationunemployed and inactive persons
First level97
Second level187
Third level367

Terminology of the labels:
First level1. Ebeneniveau 1livello di classificazione 1
Second level2. Ebeneniveau 2livello di classificazione 2
Third level3. Ebeneniveau 3livello di classificazione 3

5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?No
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?2000
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?Explanatory notes in German: http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/de/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/spk/02.html (different documents)

Explanatory notes in French: http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/fr/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/spk/02.html (different documents)

6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?There is no international standard classification yet.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?There are no alternative classifications that are used by other institutions of the economy (see question 4 (c)).
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. The main part of the documents is available in PDF, one in EXCEL, one in SDMX.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?-
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationSwiss Federal Department of Home Affairs DHA, Federal Statistical Office, Labour Force Section, Urs Meier, scientific assistant
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryUrs Meier, scientific assistant, Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Labour Force Section, Espace de l’Europe 10, CH-2010 Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Tel. ++41 32 713 62 69, Fax ++41 32 713 64 87, e-mail : mailto:urs.meier@bfs.admin.ch
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNo remarks.

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/21/2012