Occupation of experienced labour force person

Status: This was the recommended standard from June 21, 2010 to April 19, 2015.

Definition

Occupation refers to the kind of work performed in a job, a job being all the tasks carried out by a particular worker to complete his or her duties. An occupation is a set of jobs that are sufficiently similar in work performed.

Kind of work is described in terms of tasks, duties and responsibilities, often including factors such as materials processed or used, the industrial processes used, the equipment used, and the products or services provided. Occupations are generally homogeneous with respect to skill type and skill level.

Occupation applies to the contribution of labour to that part of economic activity that is within the production boundary defined for the System of National Accounts.

Experienced labour force person refers to those who were employed during a long reference period such as a year or more.

Usage

Though "occupation" applies to jobs, a person can be assigned an occupation classification based on the occupation of a job that he or she currently performs or that he or she performed in the past. Occupation can apply to a person's main job or other jobs. However, for occupation to be collected through a survey, a person must be associated with a job.

Classifications

Relation to previous version

  • Occupation of experienced labour force person April 20, 2015 to current

    This standard replaces the recommended standard 'Occupation of experienced labour force person'.

  • Occupation of experienced labour force person June 21, 2010 to April 19, 2015

    This was the recommended standard from June 21, 2010 to April 19, 2015..

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