Workshop on the International Measurement of Culture
7. Updating the International Standard for the Classification of Occupations (ISCO)
Item 7.1 Discussion of proposed changes and formation of expert group to finalize
submission of recommendations to the International Labour Office
Paris, OECD Headquarters, La Muette
4-5 December 2006
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The following table shows an analysis of the draft ISCO-08. The draft is compared with the already-existing Canadian Framework for Cultural Statistics and
the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (Occupation component) as well as the LEG framework.
The ISCO-08 draft is available at www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/stat/isco/index.htm
Extracts from the Draft ISCO-08 relating to Culture.
ISCO-08 Description Canadian Australian Comments
(Draft) FCS ACLC
1120 Company directors and chief LEG: Managers of cultural enterprises and Institutions and Directors of Museums
executives OECD: Directors of sport centres
134X Education, health and EE: Wonders where culture portion of former group 1229 ‘production and operation
welfare service managers manager’ went. Would this be appropriate?
Ex “Culture Services
1432 Sports, recreation and A341, OECD: Cultural management: at the very least this needs to be split between sports and
cultural centre managers A342, culture and definition made clear that the culture portion includes managers of a variety
B413 of culture organizations viz. libraries archives, museums, art galleries; publishing, film,
broadcasting, performing arts; etc
suggest 143X as culture mgrs, 144X as sports mgrs, 145X service mgrs nec
143X Other services managers LEG breaks out:
Television & Radio producers
orchestra curastors (musical directors)
LEG: managers of small enterprises in cultural activities (cinemas, theatres, art
215X Architects, planners, LEG: Interior architects
surveyors and designers 2121-11 AUS: Conservation architect, heritage architect
2153 Product and garment 2533-13 AUS: separate out fashion designer
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231X University and higher LEG: College, university, higher education art teachers
232X Vocational education LEG: Vocational education art teachers
233X Secondary education LEG: Secondary education art teachers
2355 Extra-systemic music 2491-11, -13, - OECD: What about other private teachers? What does “extra-systemic”mean (e.g.
teachers 15, -17 French Conservatoire system)?
AUS: also private Art, Dance, Drama incl. elocution teachers
243X Archivists, librarians and LEG: Archivists; curators art gallery
related information AUS: museum/gallery curator; librarians; Information; professionals related to libraries
professionals 2549-21 AUS: Curators stand-alone category
2432 Librarians and related OECD: Do information professionals belong here?
library technicians F111 3997-11 OECD: The above 2 definitions do not seem to include library techs.
Landscape technicians C125 OECD: Can’t find in ISCO
museum technicians 3999-13 OECD: Can’t find in ISCO
244X Social, religious and related OECD: Are archaeologists in 2442 Sociologists etc.?
professionals 2529-11 LEG: Archaeologists; Translators of literature and interpreters
2529-13, -15 AUS: Historians incl. art, cultural, economic, geographical
AUS separates interpreters from translators
245X Creative or performing LEG: Chief editors, critics, publishing editors, (cf 2457) playwrights and dramaturges,
artists, and writers scriptwriters in TV radio and film
2534-11 AUS: :newspaper, book, script editor
2452 Visual artists AUS: breaks our painters from sculptors; also illustrators (CF leg 2453)
2533-19 AUS Illustrator, art conservator
2453 Graphic and multimedia LEG: multimedia designers, graphic designers, illustrators, industrial designers and
designers artists (of furniture, glass etc.),
2533-13 AUS: separate graphic designer
2454 Musicians, singers and F033 2537-11 Canada: splits conductors, composers, arrangers; producers directors choreographers
composers F032p which would seem correct since these have different skill from the base artists. Band
leaders who were part of3473 should stand with conductors
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LEG: composers, conductors (orchestra & vocal groups), orchestra musicians, church
musicians, opera singers, other singers, musicians (entertainment, pop, rock, etc);
chorus, nightclub, tap dancers etc.
AUS music director, singer, instrumental musician, composer
2455 Dancers and choreographers F034 OECD: Canada splits out choreographers
F031p LEG: also request split
2456 Film, stage and related F035 OECD: Canada/AUS split out directors
actors and directors F031p LEG: actors in theatre, TV, radio, film, dubbing, storytellers; TV and radio directors,
film directors, theatre directors
1296-11 AUS: art director (film/TV/stage), Director of photography, film editor, stage manager,
technical director, actor
EE: two classes, film actors and directors, theatre actors and directors
AUS: breaks out media producers under managers
2457 Journalists 2534-11 EE: wants journalists and copywriters in separate group. Are advertising copywriters
AUS: breaks out Editors; separate print. TV radio journalist; also copywriters technical
2458 Announcers on radio, LEG: TV announcers and interviewers, radio announcers, disc jockeys,
television and other media AUS: separate radio, TV presenters
2459 Other creative or performing LEG: other live performers (music hall artists, ventriloquists, bull fighters, etc.)
artists OECD: Avoid “catch all group” that doesn’t match a culture framework.
2461 Advertising and marketing EE: more detail on occupations connected to advertising
professionals 2221-17 AUS: Advertising specialist
251X Software and multimedia OECD: Is the breakdown sufficient to allow the Culture component to be identified?
developers and analysts
314 Life science technicians and OECD: Where are heritage site personnel (e.g. park rangers, wardens)?
3329 Business services agents and LEG: Agents and promoters related to Cultural activities
trade brokers not elsewhere OECD: What about sports agents and promoters?
3431 Social work associate LEG: cultural animators
3541 Broadcasting and recording 4992-11 LEG: TV cameramen, Film cameramen, Film editors, sound recorders in TV and film,
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technicians 4992-33 operators of studio equipment in TV and Radio, sound mixers and recorders in sound
4992-15 recording studios
AUS: sound tech; camera operator (film/TT/video); TGV equipment operator
3452 Interior designers and LEG: fashion designers, textile designers, costume designers (theatre film TV), set
decorators designers, light and sound designers
2533-17 AUS: separate interior designer
345X Artistic associate 3121-13 AUS: architectural associate
professionals 4992-19 AUS: motion picture projectionist
4992-21 AUS: light technicians
4992-23 AUS: production assistant (film/TV/radio)
4992-27 AUS: make up artist
5999-17 AUS: photographer’s assistant
6199-11 AUS: proof reader
421X Cashiers, tellers and related 8312-11 AUS: ticket collector/usher
4141 Library and filing clerks B551 OECD: Split library clerks from filing clerks
6192-11 AUS: library clerk
5113 Travel guides LEG: museum professionals (guides in museums, galleries)
6399-11 AUS museum guide
514 Hairdressers, beauticians and OECD: Separate out those working in the film, magazine, etc. sectors?
5231 Fashion and other models OECD: If Fashion design is included, should models be included? What about artists’
7125 Carpenters and joiners OECD: Should stage carpenters be separate?
7312 Musical instrument makers 4999-17 AUS: separates out piano tuners
7313 Jewellery and precious- OECD: Is it possible to separate out craft workers from industrial?
7321 Abrasive wheel formers, OECD: Should we try to separate craft workers from industrial?
potters and related workers 2531-15 AUS splits out potters
7322 Glass makers, cutters, OECD: Should we try to separate craft workers from industrial?
grinders and finishers
7323 Glass and ceramics OECD: Should we try to separate craft workers from industrial?
engravers, etchers and
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734X Printing and related trades 4911-11,-81 AUS: Graphic pre-press tradesperson, apprentice; printing binder and finisher
7524 Basketry weavers, brush OECD: Should Basketry weavers be separated (part of Crafts)?
makers and related workers
7345 Bookbinders and related 3212-21 AUS: Bookmaker
735X Textile, garment and related OECD: Is there a “creative” component here (e.g. tailors, hatters)?
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