SCL - International Standard Classification of Occupations 2008 (ISCO-08)


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  CONCEPT: The International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08) is an international classification managed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It is a revision of the ISCO-88, which it supersedes. ISCO-08 is a tool for organizing jobs into a clearly defined set of groups according to the tasks and duties undertaken in the job. ISCO-08 has been developed to facilitate international comparisons of occupational statistics and to serve as a model for countries developing or revising their national occupational classifications. The framework used for the design and construction of ISCO-08 is based on two main concepts: the concept of job, and the concept of skill. A job is defined in ISCO-08 as “a set of tasks and duties performed, or meant to be performed, by one person, including for an employer or in self-employment”. Occupation refers to the kind of work performed in a job. The concept of occupation is defined as a “set of jobs whose main tasks and duties are characterized by a high degree of similarity”. A person may be associated with an occupation through the main job currently held, a second job, a future job or a job previously held. Skill is defined as the ability to carry out the tasks and duties of a given job. For the purposes of ISCO-08, two dimensions of skills are used to arrange occupations into two groups: (a) Skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation and (b) skill specialization is considered in terms of four concepts: the field of knowledge required, the tools and machinery used, the materials worked on or with and the kinds of goods and services produced.
TOTAL   Total
OC1-5   Non manual workers
OC1-3   Managers, professionals, technicians and associate professionals
OC1   Managers
OC2   Professionals
OC3   Technicians and associate professionals
OC4_5   Clerical support workers, service and sales workers
OC4   Clerical support workers
OC5   Service and sales workers
OC6-8   Skilled manual workers
OC6-7   Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers, craft and related trades workers
OC6   Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers
OC7-9   Manual workers
OC7   Craft and related trades workers
OC8-9   Plant and machine operators and assemblers, elementary occupations
OC8   Plant and machine operators, and assemblers
OC9   Elementary occupations
OC0   Armed forces occupations
OTH   Other occupations
NAP   Not applicable
NRP   No response
UNK   Unknown
PRISA   Personnel in adult prison
PRISJ   Personnel in juvenile prison
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