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Στατιστικοί Κώδικες Επαγγελμάτων

Country / Area: Cyprus

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)Στατιστικοί Κώδικες Επαγγελμάτων ISCO-08 (ISCO-08) / Statistical Codes of Occupations ISCO-08 (ISCO-08).
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Greek, English.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.ILO website:

Eurostat website: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/ramon/nomenclatures/index.cfm?TargetUrl=DSP_GEN_DESC_VIEW_NOHDR&StrNom=ISCO_08&StrLanguageCode=EN

CYSTAT website: will be available soon

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: 10 major groups identified by 1-digit numerical codes (0 to 9);
Level 2: 43 sub-major groups identified by two-digit numerical codes (01 to 96);
Level 3: 130 minor groups identified by three-digit numerical codes (011 to 962);
Level 4: 436 unit groups identified by four-digit numerical codes (0110 to 9629).
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Level 1:1 Managers
Level 2:13 Production and specialised services managers
Level 3:131 Production managers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries
Level 4:1311 Agricultural and forestry production managers
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, the national classification codes for ISCO-08 are identical to those of the international standard classification of ISCO-08.
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, the classification structure is identical to that of the international standard classification of ISCO-08.
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 deviations from the international standard exist in terms of structure, codes, application rules or methodology.
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.)Usually data can be reported at the 1 or 2 digit level of the classification. In the past, data could also be reported at the 4-digit level, but the survey providing this possibiliy does not run anymore.
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.This classification system is used for a number of surveys, and for the Population Census. The Human Resource Development Authority also uses this classification system for statistical purposes as well as some educational institutes.
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.)The ISCO classification is used by the Social Insurance Services for the classification of the occupation of the employees and self-employed in the Social Insurance Register. Other government departments such as the Department of Labour and the Medical and Public Health Services, also use this classification system.
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?To our knowledge, alternative classifications (regarding occupations) are not used, even though there is a case where an older version of ISCO is used.
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.)ISCO-08 was first implemented in surveys of the Statistical Service of Cyprus during year 2011. (Please note that even though this version of ISCO refers to 2008, it was only a few years later that the final official version was available to use from the ILO.)
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes. 
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Not at present.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Στατιστικοί Κώδικες Επαγγελμάτων ISCO-88(Com) (ISCO-88(Com)) / Statistical Codes of Occupations ISCO-88(Com) (ISCO-88(Com)).
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsISCO-88(COM) was the European Union variant of the International Standard Classification of Occupations. ISCO-88(COM) should not be regarded as a different classification from ISCO-88, but rather it was the result of a coordinated effort to implement ISCO-88 for census and survey coding purposes. The national version of ISCO-88(Com) included some additional codes compared to the european version.
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))Level 1: 10 major groups identified by 1-digit numerical codes (0 to 9);
Level 2: 31 sub-major groups identified by two-digit numerical codes (01 to 93);
Level 3: 120 minor groups identified by three-digit numerical codes (010 to 933);
Level 4: 386 unit groups identified by four-digit numerical codes (0100 to 9330).

The above refer to the national version of the ISCO-88(Com) classification.

5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes, but only to the European version of ISCO-88(Com).
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented? 
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, the Statistical Service of Cyprus uses the current version of ISCO, the ISCO-08. However, to our knowledge, the Social Insurance Services use an even older version of the ISCO classification, the ISCO-88. The Statistical Service has contacted the Social Insurance Services on this issue and has offered its expertise and services in order to facilitate the transition of the Social Insurance Register, from ISCO-88 to ISCO-08. Hopefully this transition will take place in the near future.
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)?Not applicable since they are identical.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)? 
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes, a national alphabetical index ("dictionary") has been prepared for ISCO-08.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, even though it is not yet available from CYSTAT´s website. Users interested in receiving the classification in electronic form must contact CYSTAT directly, or visit the website of the ILO. Available formats from CYSTAT: Excel, PDF.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes. See 6 (e) above.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationStatistical Service of Cyprus (CYSTAT) - Methodology Unit
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryStatistical Service of Cyprus
Michalakis Karaolis Str.
1444 Nicosia CYPRUS
Tel. (general enquiries): +357 22602129
Fax: +357 22661313
Website: http://www.cystat.gov.cy
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/20/2013