The Classification of Socio-economic Groups in the Labour Force Survey

At the beginning of 2011, the Labour Force Survey introduced the Classification of Occupations 2010 and discontinued using the Classification of Occupation 1987, on the basis of which socio-economic groups have so far been formed.

Because of the change, data according to the socio-economic group in the Labour Force Survey publications and database services are not comparable with the years prior to 2011.

Based on a report, it can be estimated that the main category of the socio-economic group changes for around five per cent of employees: the category of upper-level employees diminishes a little, that of lower-level employees remains almost unchanged and that of manual workers grows to some degree.

The Classification of Socio-economic Groups is described in detail on Statistics Finland's pages on socio-economic groups and the new Classification of Occupations on Statistics Finland 's pages on the Classification of Occupations 2010.

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Last updated 9.3.2012

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 25.2.2018].
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