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Glossary and references

Glossary

Residual categories

Response unidentifiable

This category is used when there is a response given, but:

  1. the response is illegible, or
  2. it is unclear what the meaning or intent of the response is – this most commonly occurs when the response being classified contains insufficient detail, is ambiguous or is vague, or
  3. the response is contradictory eg, both the yes and no tick boxes have been ticked, or
  4. The response is clear and seemingly within the scope of the classification but can not be coded because no suitable option (particularly other residual category options such as 'not elsewhere classified' or 'not further defined') exists in the classification or codefile.
Response outside scope

This category is used for responses that are positively identified (ie the meaning and the intent are clear) but which clearly fall outside the scope of the classification/topic as defined in the standard.

Not stated

This category is only used where a respondent has not given any response to the question asked, ie it is solely for non–response.

Occupation

An occupation is a set of jobs that require the performance of similar or identical sets of tasks.

Job

A job is a set of tasks designed to be performed by one person for an employer (including self–employment) in return for payment or profit.

Skill level

Skill level is defined as a function of the range and complexity of the set of tasks performed in a particular occupation.

Skill specialisation

Skill specialisation is defined as a function of the field of knowledge required, tools and equipment used, materials worked with and goods and services produced.

References

Australian Bureau of Statistics, (1997). Australian Standard Classification of Occupations Second Edition, Canberra.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, (2005). Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations Information Paper, Canberra.

International Labour Office, (1992). International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-88), Geneva.

Statistics New Zealand, 2001. New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations 1999, Wellington, Catalogue No. 19.004.0099.

Further information

ANZSCO reference group

The ANZSCO Reference Group of Key Users has been set up to enable consultation with the key users of the classification. Their role is to ensure that the classification meets the needs of the key users and is a true reflection of the occupations currently available in the New Zealand labour market.

The following are members of the ANZSCO Reference Group:

  • Careers Service
  • Department of Labour
  • State Services Commission
  • Tertiary Education Commission
  • Te Puni Kokiri
  • Vice Chancellors Committee on Graduate Employment.
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