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About Statistics in Scotland - Classifications


A classification assigns items into categories according to shared characterisitics and it provides a framework for the description and comparison of statistics.

Further information

The Scottish Government uses many statistical classifications to classify businesses and people.

Statisticians within the Scottish Government are currently working to develop a set of classifications and guidance notes to assist all public bodies in Scotland in the collection, analysis and dissemination of data relating to the six equalities strands: Age, Gender, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Ethnicity, and Religion/Belief:

A lot of information is available on Classifications and Standards on the ONS website.

The main classifications summarised there are:


Occupational and socio-economic

Core Survey Questions

To see the core and harmonised questions being introduced to the Scottish Government's major population surveys and recommended for use in ad-hoc and local surveys go to Core and Harmonised Questions