1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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END NOTES TO THE CONCORDANCES


The following notes refer to Appendixes B1 and B2, the concordance between ASCO Second Edition and ASCO First Edition.

(1)
          3311-11 Shop Managers
          3399-79 Managing Supervisors nec

Shop Managers and Managing Supervisors of small businesses which do not necessarily have a hierarchy of managers, are now classified in Major Group 3 Associate Professionals. In ASCO First Edition they were classified in Major Group 1 Managers and Administrators.

The concordance should be used as an indication of the degree of comparability in data with extreme caution in these cases, because of significant changes in the way these occupations are handled in the coding index. For example, when coding 'shop managers' in First Edition, those respondents who stated their occupation as 'shop managers' and their main tasks as 'selling and serving' were coded to 6301-nn Salespersons instead of 1501-11 Shop Manager. In the Second Edition, occupation title responses 'shop manager' are coded to 3311-11 Shop Manager, irrespective of any other task information provided. There are two exceptions. 'Shop manager, dispensing drugs' is coded to 2382-15 Retail Pharmacist at Skill Level 1. 'Shop manager, hairdressing' is coded to 3399-17 Hair and Beauty Salon Manager at Skill Level 2.

Overall this change in coding practice will lead to an increase in the frequency of 'shop managers' reported in statistical collections. The detailed link file, which will be available following the completion of data processing of the 1996 Census of Population and Housing, will provide proportional links for such cases.


(2)
          3392-11 Customer Service Manager
          6111-11 General Clerk
          6153-17 Sales Clerk
          6314-11 Personal Care Assistant
          8116-11 Office Trainee
          8297-11 Sales and Service Trainee

These are new occupations in ASCO Second Edition which conceptually were not included in the First Edition. The concordance provides a general indication of where data collected in censuses and surveys about these occupations would have been coded in ASCO First Edition. The detailed link file, which will be available following the completion of data processing of the 1996 Census of Population and Housing, will provide proportional links for such cases.


(3)
          6143-11 Bank Worker

This is a new occupation in ASCO Second Edition. The First Edition occupation 6401-11 Teller is included in the new occupation, together with various other parts of occupations from First Edition. This is because information collected during the development of the Second Edition indicated that significant multi-skilling had taken place in the banking industry leading to the virtual disappearance of many traditional clerical occupations from this industry. The coding methodology used for the First Edition, coded bank workers or bank clerks according to the tasks reported.

For example, a response such as 'Bank clerk, ledger examination' would have been coded to 5301-11 Bookkeeper. Similarly, a response indicating tasks such as 'batching cheques' would have been coded to 5499-11 Other Filing, Sorting and Copying Clerks. Therefore this concordance provides a general conceptual link only.

The detailed link file, which will be available following the completion of data processing of the 1996 Census of Population and Housing, will provide proportional links for such cases.

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