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A classification assigns items into categories according to shared characterisitics and it provides a framework for the description and comparison of statistics.
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
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
Page updated: Monday, January 13, 2020