Scotland's Marine Economic Statistics 2019

Statistics on the economic contributions of Scotland’s marine sectors in 2019. Includes a time series of Gross Value Added (GVA), turnover and employment for marine sectors. The supporting documents include: accessible tables, a summary topic sheet and a pdf version of the publication.

17. Annex A – SABS SIC Codes

The main source for the economic statistics is Scottish Annual Business Statistics (SABS).

Throughout this document SABS class definitions are quoted from the UK Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities 2007 (SIC 2007).

Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities, or SIC, is a Classification to help classify businesses according to the type of their economic activity. One or more SIC codes can be attributed to a business.

Marine totals are compiled from combined outputs for the ‘Marine related’ SIC codes that were agreed with Marine Scotland for the Economic Topic Sheets, published since 2011. The codes exclude SIC 06 Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas. Although oil and gas extraction is a key component of the Scottish economy, estimates are not presented here to remain consistent with UK extra regio (offshore) activity in National Accounts Statistics.

In addition to the marine related SIC codes, a marine tourism category has been derived, defined in terms of SIC codes set out in Scottish Government's Growth Sectors, for postcodes identified as being up to 100m from coast-line.

Table 32 shows the SIC codes used to extract economic values for the marine economy. For the purposes of labelling charts and discussing findings, abbreviated names have been used as shorthand for the full SABS SIC codes, these are included in the table.

Table 32: SIC codes and abbreviations used in this report

For the purposes of labelling charts and discussing findings, the following abbreviated names have been used as shorthand for the full SABS SIC codes.

Specific Marine SIC codes Abbreviation used in this report
03.1: Fishing (not extracted these statistics) Fishing
03.2: Aquaculture (not extracted these statistics) Aquaculture
09.1: Support activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction Oil and gas services
10.2: Processing and preserving of fish, crustaceans and molluscs Seafood processing
30.1: Building of ships and boats & 33.15: Repair and maintenance of ships and boats Shipbuilding
42.91: Construction of water projects & 52.22: Service activities incidental to water transportation Construction and water transport services
50.1: Sea and coastal passenger water transport Passenger water transport
50.2: Sea and coastal freight water transport Freight water transport
77.34: Renting and leasing of water transport equipment Renting & leasing
Marine Tourism and Recreation SIC codes
55.1: Hotels and similar accommodation Marine tourism
55.2: Holiday and other short-stay accommodation
55.3: Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks
56.1: Restaurants and mobile food service activities
56.3: Beverage serving activities
79.12: Tour operator activities
79.9: Other reservation service and related activities
91.02: Museum activities
91.03: Operation of historical sites and buildings and similar visitor attractions
91.04: Botanical and zoological gardens and nature reserve activities
93.11: Operation of sports facilities
93.199: Other sports activities (not including activities of racehorse owners)
93.21 Activities of amusement parks and theme parks
93.29: Other amusement and recreation activities

The SABS Methodology page provides details on all aspects of the data collection and limitations. Key points are covered in Annex B: Methodology and source data.



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