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1 1 International Classification of Activities for Time-Use Statistics (ICATUS) Clare Menozzi Demographic and Social Statistics Branch United Nations Statistics Division Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications, New York, 8-10 December 2003

2 2 Purpose of the presentation Provide an overview of the structure and content of the ICATUS Solicit comments from experts on time- use statistics Eventually present the trial classification to the Statistical Commission for approval

3 3 Brief history of the classification 1995 the Beijing Platform for Action called for an international classification of activities for time-use statistics Objective: Emphasize differences between women and men in remunerated and unremunerated work 1995 the Statistical Commission at its twenty-eighth session requested that UNSD prepare a classification of time-use statistics

4 the first draft presented to the Expert Group Meeting on Trial International Classification for Time-Use Activities Objective: Better measure types of work not covered by traditional labour force and other household surveys/studies 2000 the ICATUS was reviewed at the Expert Group Meeting on Methods for Conducting Time-use Surveys → some changes were introduced Brief history of the classification (cont.)

5 the Statistical Commission noted the value of time-use statistics, not only for issues related to gender but also more broadly for quality-of-life concerns, social accounting, care of the elderly, estimates of the workforce and total work accounts some additional changes (code for the first-level, etc.). Brief history of the classification (cont.)

6 6 Structure of the ICATUS 15 “Major divisions” 2- digit numeric code. 54 "Divisions" 1-digit numeric code. 92 "Groups" 1-digit numeric code. 200 "Classes" 1-digit numeric code. 363 "Subclasses" 1-digit numeric code.

7 7 Principles adhered to by UNSD in developing ICATUS Develop a structure consistent with the SNA framework aimed at improving the measurement of paid and unpaid work Maintain consistency with other existing classifications

8 8 Activities were grouped on the basis of: “SNA-work” activities “Non-SNA work” activities within the production boundary Personal activities

9 9 The institutional unit in SNA-work Corporations/quasi-corporations, non- profit institutions, government Unincorporated household

10 10 Major divisions for SNA-work activities 01 Work for corporations/quasi- corporations, non-profit institutions, and government 01 Work for corporations/quasi- corporations, non-profit institutions, and government 02 Work for household unincorporated enterprises in primary production activities (activities done in relation to agriculture, forestry, hunting, fishing, mining and quarrying) 02 Work for household unincorporated enterprises in primary production activities (activities done in relation to agriculture, forestry, hunting, fishing, mining and quarrying)

11 11 Major divisions for SNA-work activities 03 Work for household unincorporated enterprises in non-primary production activities (activities done in manufacturing of goods) 04 Work for household unincorporated enterprises in construction activities (activities done in construction work) 05 Work for household unincorporated enterprises providing services for income (activities done in relation to providing services for income)

12 12 Structure of the major divisions of SNA-work activities Core activities, consisting of work activities Related activities, consisting of activities related to looking for work/ setting-up business Travel

13 13 Major divisions for non-SNA work activities 06 Work providing unpaid domestic services for own final use within household 07 Work providing unpaid care-giving services to household members 08 Work providing community services and help to other households

14 14 Structure of the major divisions of non-SNA work activities Core activities, consisting of work activities Related activities (for category 08 only) Travel

15 15 Major divisions for personal activities 09 Learning 10 Socializing and community participation 11 Attending/visiting cultural, entertainment and sports events/venues

16 16 Major divisions of personal activities 12 Engaging in hobbies, games and other pastime activities 13 Indoor and outdoor sports participation 14 Use of mass media 15 Personal care and maintenance

17 17 Structure of the major divisions of personal activities Core activities, consisting of activities specific to the category Related activities (for category 09 only) Travel

18 18 Correspondence table SNA work ICATUS 2003 Australia 1997 Canada 1998 Eurostat Work for corporations/quasi- corporations, non- profit institutions and government (formal sector work) 02Work for household in primary production activities 2Employment related activities 0 Employed work 1 Employment 03Work for household in non-primary production activities 6Purchasing goods and services 04Work for household in construction activities 05Work for household providing services for income

19 19 Current initiatives Panel Discussion on ICATUS at the 25 th Conference on Time Use Research Outcome: Time-use statistics are increasingly being used in relation to a wider range of policy and research areas (health, socialization, etc.) The activity classification should reflect the instruments used for collecting and processing time-use data

20 20 Current initiatives (cont.) UNSD is currently redesigning and updating its time-use website in order to facilitate discussion on the trial classification The trial ICATUS is available on the UNSD web site at: Comments and queries can be sent to the UNSD classification registry

21 21 Issues for debate Duplications inherent in the ICATUS. Alternative approaches (Mata and Hoffmann). Black box of work. How relevant is this information? Can it be collected through other sources? Consistency with other existing standard international classifications (ISIC, ISCO, ICF, etc.)


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