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1 The Business Register Research, Design and Evaluation Division Statistical Institute of Jamaica

2 Background The Business Register is a structured list of establishments operating in Jamaica. It forms the basis of selection for statistical inquiries and for the calculation of estimates of attributes for the business population. The Business Register is a structured list of establishments operating in Jamaica. It forms the basis of selection for statistical inquiries and for the calculation of estimates of attributes for the business population. Establishments are organized by industry and assigned an activity code based on the 2005 Jamaica Industrial Classification. Establishments are organized by industry and assigned an activity code based on the 2005 Jamaica Industrial Classification. The Business Register exists primarily for the purpose of supplying a framework for all economic surveys. It is designed to : The Business Register exists primarily for the purpose of supplying a framework for all economic surveys. It is designed to : Serve as a frame for the selection of establishment surveys Serve as a frame for the selection of establishment surveys Consistently classify statistical reporting units i.e. establishments Consistently classify statistical reporting units i.e. establishments Serve as a data source for compiling demographic information about businesses. Serve as a data source for compiling demographic information about businesses. Establishments engaged in agriculture and entities in Government fall outside the scope of the Business Register. Establishments engaged in agriculture and entities in Government fall outside the scope of the Business Register.

3 Background The Business Register is currently housed in a D-Base 2 relational database. The Business Register is currently housed in a D-Base 2 relational database. It utilizes IBMs Websphere Application Server (WAS) as the application interface to users. It utilizes IBMs Websphere Application Server (WAS) as the application interface to users. The application is integrated with SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) for conducting database queries. The application is integrated with SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) for conducting database queries.

4 Economic Units of the Business Register The Establishment The Establishment The Establishment is an economic unit that is: The Establishment is an economic unit that is: engaged under single ownership engaged under single ownership in predominantly one kind of economic activity in predominantly one kind of economic activity at a single physical location. at a single physical location. The Enterprise The Enterprise The Enterprise is an economic unit that has: The Enterprise is an economic unit that has: control of more than one establishment control of more than one establishment more than one location more than one location more than one economic activity. more than one economic activity.

5 Data Captured SourcesPeriodicity Business Identification: Legal & Trading Name Legal & Trading Name Address Address Contact Person Contact Person Contact Details Contact Details CREU Survey Ongoing Companies Office of Jamaica Monthly National Housing Trust (NHT) Annually General Consumption Tax (GCT) Returns Monthly, Quarterly, Annually Professional & Business Associations Annually Telephone Directories Annually Newspapers & other Electronic Media Daily Year of Commencement CREU Survey Ongoing Type of Organization Single Establishment Single Establishment Branch of another Estab. Branch of another Estab. Head Office Head Office Subsidiary Subsidiary CREU Survey Ongoing Companies Office of Jamaica Monthly

6 Data Captured SourcesPeriodicity Employment Details # of Full-time Workers # of Full-time Workers # of Part-time Workers # of Part-time Workers # of Contract Workers # of Contract Workers # of Seasonal Workers # of Seasonal Workers # of Family Workers # of Family Workers Surveys – CREU, Employment & Earnings and Production Ongoing National Housing Trust (NHT) Annually Legal Form Sole Proprietor Sole Proprietor Partnership Partnership Company Company Cooperative Cooperative CREU Survey Ongoing Type of Ownership Private Enterprise Private Enterprise Government Enterprise Government Enterprise CREU Survey Ongoing

7 Data Captured SourcesPeriodicity Economic Activity Main Activity Main Activity Secondary Activity Secondary Activity CREU Survey Ongoing Companies Office of Jamaica Monthly General Consumption Tax (GCT) Returns Monthly, Quarterly, Annually Professional & Business Associations Annually Telephone Directories Annually Newspapers & other Electronic Media Daily Foreign Ownership CREU Survey Ongoing Companies Office of Jamaica Monthly Branch & Subsidiary Details CREU Survey Ongoing Newspapers & other Electronic Media Daily

8 Mode of Classification Establishments are ordered and classified by: Establishments are ordered and classified by: Main Economic Activity in accordance with the Jamaica Industrial Classification (JIC) Main Economic Activity in accordance with the Jamaica Industrial Classification (JIC) Employment Size Employment Size Less than 10 employees (Micro & Small Establishments) Less than 10 employees (Micro & Small Establishments) 10 – 49 employees (Medium Establishments) 10 – 49 employees (Medium Establishments) 50 and more employees (Large Establishments) 50 and more employees (Large Establishments) Geographic Location Geographic Location By Parish By Parish

9 General Maintenance Procedures Identifying Business Prospects (potential establishments for inclusion on the BR) Identifying Business Prospects (potential establishments for inclusion on the BR) Administering the CREU survey Administering the CREU survey Updating records from Survey feedback Updating records from Survey feedback Cross-checking data from sources against the existing BR Cross-checking data from sources against the existing BR Conducting verification Conducting verification Assigning of classification codes Assigning of classification codes Taking and storing snapshots Taking and storing snapshots

10 Updating of Records Adding births and removing deaths Adding births and removing deaths Updating contact information Updating contact information Updating employment details Updating employment details Updating classification codes Updating classification codes Updating other business demography Updating other business demography Updating links between economic units Updating links between economic units Removing duplicates Removing duplicates

11 Validation of Data The main means of validation of the establishments listed on the Business Register are: The main means of validation of the establishments listed on the Business Register are: The CREU Survey The CREU Survey Telephone verification Telephone verification Data from the Companies Office of Jamaica Data from the Companies Office of Jamaica

12 Challenges Populating the register of the <10 Business Frame Populating the register of the <10 Business Frame Demanding Demanding Dynamic Dynamic Costly Costly Issues with Under-coverage Issues with Under-coverage Keeping the register current Keeping the register current Time-stamping of Business deaths Time-stamping of Business deaths Duplicate records in the database Duplicate records in the database Creating a unique identifier for all establishments on the Business Register. Creating a unique identifier for all establishments on the Business Register.

13 The Business Register as at January 24, 2013 Number of Employees Number of Establishments Under 10 Employees Employees and over Employees 607 TOTAL7459

14 INDUSTRY # OF ESTABLISHMENTS Percent (%) Mining and Quarrying Manufacturing83711 Electricity, Gas and Water Supply Construction3154 Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles and Personal and Household Goods Hotels and Restaurants 4296 Transport, Storage and Communications 4526 Financial Intermediation 2073 Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities Education2063 Health and Social Work 1612 Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities 2994 Private Households with Employed Persons Distribution by Industry


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