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International Standard Classification of Occupation

Country / Area: Botswana

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)International Standard Classification of Occupation (ISCO-88)
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, but attached to all Labour Statistics Report.
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?Major; Sub-Major; Minor and Unit
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Example:
Major – Professionals (2)
Sub-Major - Physical, Mathematical, & Engineering Science (21)
Minor - Physicists, Chemists, and Related Professionals (211)
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, adapted from ISCO.
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)Yes, identical to ISCO.
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.No deviation
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.)
Service/Sales Workers205212417
Skilled Agricultural Workers21223
Craft Workers1,7342161,950
Plant & Machine Operators97211983
Elementary Occupations2,4431,5824,025
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.N/A
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.For all surveys and administrative data. Data collected at Unit level and published at Sub-Major 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.)Ministry of Labour & Home Affairs – Work Permits
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.)Long time ago, 1990s
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Long time ago, 1990s
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes, plans are underway to adopt ISCO-2008.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)International Standard Classification of Occupation (ISCO-88).
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsCreation of new sub groups such as the one on ICT., otherwise the major groupings are the same.
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))Major; Sub-Major; Minor and Unit
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?The two can easily be mapped.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?1990
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, currently all statistics published use the former 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)?Yes
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?N/A
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)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 classificationStatistics Botswana; Labour Statistics Unit
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryStatistics Botswana, Bag 0024, Gaborone, Botswana; Email: csobots@gov.bw
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNothing

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/13/2013