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National Classifications

(HSIC V1.1)

Country / Area: China, Hong Kong SAR

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)N.A.
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?HSIC V1.1 is modeled on ISIC Rev. 2 with local adaptations. For example, "Communication" is put under "720" in ISIC Rev. 2 without further breakdown, whereas for HSIC V1.1, "Communications" is put under separate major industry group "732 - Telecommunications” and “733 - Miscellaneous communications services (excl. telecommunications services)”, and more detailed breakdowns are available.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.
HSIC levelISIC level

Codes at the 6-digit level are in general breakdown for local industries of greater importance.

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?At the six digit level, there are 886 industries/trades.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Census and Statistics Department
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)Jimmy LIN Kwok-leung (Mr)
Statistician (Central Register of Establishments)
Tel No. 852 1 2582 4646
Email: jkllin@censtatd.gov.hk
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.Address: Central Register of Establishments Section
Labour Statistic Branch (1)
Census and Statistics Department
20/F Wanchai Tower, Wan Chai
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
People's Republic of China
Email: jkllin@censtatd.gov.hk
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.)Implemented in 1990, updated to V1.1 in 2001.
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.Continuous efforts will be made to enhance the HSIC with reference to the international development of industrial classification systems, in particular the ISIC.
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.Major surveys of the Census and Statistics Department which use HSIC V1.1:
- Population Census and By-census
- Quarterly Survey of Employment and Vacancies
- Annual Survey of Industrial Production
- Annual Survey of Wholesale, Retail and Import and Export Trades, Restaurants and Hotels
- Annual Survey of Building, Construction and Real Estates Sector
- Annual Survey of Transport and Related Services
- Annual Survey of Storage, Communication, Financing, Insurance and Business Services
HSIC V1.1 is also used in statistical researches and studies conducted by other government departments, public organizations, private research organizations and academic institutions.
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.)Most establishment-based surveys conducted by the Census and Statistics Department aim at collecting data at the 4-digit level of HSIC (some even at the 6-digit level). Statistical data collected include number of establishments, number of persons engaged, type of ownership, origin of investment, changes in inventories and business receipts by sources.
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?Most of the findings of establishment-based surveys conducted by the Census and Statistics Department are published at the 4-digit level of HSIC (some are available at the 6-digit level).Statistical data published include number of establishments, number of persons engaged, compensation of employees, operating expenses, business receipts, value added and gross surplus.
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.)Chinese and English
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Yes. There are explanatory notes stipulating the coverage and major exclusion for each code at the six-digit level.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThe current classification is inadequate in classifying the currently proliferating economic activities such as information, logistic and envirnomental activities.
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))Guidelines on the classification of information, logistic and envirnomental activities are desirable.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?(1) Business promotion (by individual establishments / trade organizations)
(2) Promulgation of policy (by various government departments and public organizations)
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Nil.
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.N.A.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Standard Industrial Classification (SIC).
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?ISIC Rev. 2
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Same as the 4 levels of HSIC V1.1, i.e. with 1-, 3-, 4- and 6-digit levels.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?More or less the same as the existing HSIC V1.1. It is because HSIC is in essence a collation and elaboration of the previous SIC.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, for most parts of the classification.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Implemented in 1973.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNo.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryHong Kong Standard Industrial Classification Version 1.1

Source: UN questionnaire, 4/1/2003