Support #1525

BHPS Wave 1-18: Which documentation to use to convert SIC codes (variable mrjsic) to actual industries.

Added by Simon Cremer about 2 months ago. Updated about 1 month ago.

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I am currently using the British Household Panel Survey (study 5151). Specifically, I am using all waves 1-18 (1991-2008).

I require support with regard to the SIC code variables for individuals' current job (mrjsic). I have already gotten in touch with the ONS, but they were unable to provide me with a valid mapping of SIC codes to industries. I have consulted the various SIC documentations that are available, but it remains unclear which classifications were used for each wave. For example, when looking at all SIC codes used in wave 1 (1991), amongst the SIC codes I find the code 4363. However, when looking at the classification documentation for SIC codes valid from 1980 to 1992, this SIC code is not listed. Hence, I need to conclude that wave 1 (1991) does not use the SIC documentation used from 1980 to 1992, but either a later or earlier one. Can you please help me understand which SIC documentation to use for each wave? Does each wave use the 2007 documentation?

I hope that you can help me understand how to convert a SIC code from any wave to an actual industries.


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team about 2 months ago

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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We aim to respond to simple queries within 48 hours and more complex issues within 7 working days. While we will aim to keep to this response times due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) related situation it may take us longer to respond.

Best wishes,
Understanding Society User Support Team


Updated by Simon Cremer about 1 month ago

Dear Understanding Society User Support Team,

I would appreciate if you are able to provide an update to my query. I need the information quite urgently now and the 7 days have passed.

Thank you very much in advance - I appreciate your efforts.

Simon Cremer


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team about 1 month ago

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Hello Simon,

Please take a look at the BHPS User Guide:
and the Quality Profile which discusses the SIC codes and how these were applied:

Best wishes,
Understanding Society User Support Team

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