Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2021

Results from the 2021 Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey.

Appendix A: Definitions

Sector definitions

The 2021 Scottish EPS used different sector definitions compared to the 2019 previous EPS. The previous EPS used 12 sectors for analysis, the 2021 iteration had 6. A 6-sector breakdown was used for the 2021 survey due to the reduction in the overall sample size from 2,652 interviews to 1,000 interviews. Collapsing the sectors was required to ensure the margin of error could be minimised, allowing for robust subgroup analysis. This survey provides coverage of the public, private and voluntary sector.

Table 10 shows the 6 sectors and their corresponding SIC 2007 definitions.

Table 10: Definitions of each sector


SIC 2007

Primary sector and Utilities

A - Agriculture, forestry and fishing (01-03) Including farming, hunting and other related service activities, forestry and logging, fishing and aquaculture

B - Mining and quarrying (05-09) Including mining of coal, metals, sand/stone/clay, and extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas

D - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (35)

Including electric power generation, transmission and distribution, manufacture of gas and distribution of gaseous fuels, steam and air conditioning supply

E - Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (36-39)

Water collection, treatment and supply, sewerage and waste collection, treatment and disposal activities and materials recovery


C - Manufacturing (10-33)

Including manufacture of food and beverages, textiles, chemicals and chemical products, basic pharmaceutical products, other mineral products, manufacture of metals and metal products, machinery, computer and electronic products and equipment, motor vehicles and other transport equipment, furniture, and repair and installation of machinery and equipment


F - Construction (41-43)

Including the construction of buildings, civil engineering (constructing roads, railways and other utility projects), demolition, and specialised activities such as electrical installation, roofing and scaffold erection

Trade, Accommodation and Transport

G - Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (45-47)

Including sale, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, parts and accessories, nonvehicle wholesale (for example agriculture, food, household goods), and the retail trade of all products whether in stores, stalls, markets, mail order or online

H - Transport and storage (49-53)

Including land, water and air transport (passenger and freight), warehousing and support activities for transportation, postal and courier activities.

I - Accommodation and food service activities (55-56)

Including hotels, campsites, youth hostels, holiday centres, villages and other short stay accommodation, restaurants and takeaways, event catering and licensed clubs, pubs and bars

Business and Other Services

J - Information and communication (58-63)

Publishing (books, journals, newspapers etc. and software/computer games), television, film and music production, broadcasting, telecommunications, computer programming and consultancy, information service activities (e.g. data processing and hosting)

Business and Other Services (continued)

K - Financial and insurance activities (64-66)

Including banks and building societies, activities of holding companies, trusts, funds and similar financial entities, credit granting, pensions, insurance and reinsurance

L - Real estate activities (68)

Including the buying, selling and renting of real estate,

M - Professional, scientific and technical activities (69-75)

Legal activities, accounting, bookkeeping and auditing, management consultancy, architectural and engineering activities, scientific research and development, advertising and market research, specialist design, photographic activities, translation and interpretation, veterinary activities

N - Administrative and support service activities (77-82)

Renting and leasing of tangible goods (motors, household, machinery), employment agencies, travel agencies and tour operations, security and investigation activities, office administration and business support

R - Arts, entertainment, and recreation (90-93)

Including performing arts, libraries and museums, gambling and betting, sports facilities, amusement and recreation activities,

S - Other service activities (94-96)

Activities of membership organisations (religious, political, trade union, professional), personal services (hairdressing, beauty, textile cleaning, well-being activities, funeral activities)

Non-market Services

O - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security (84)

Including administration of the State and economic and social policy of the community, provision of services to the community as a whole such as defence activities, foreign affairs, justice and judicial activities, fire service and compulsory social security activities.

P - Education (85)

Including pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher education, other education (such as sports, driving schools, cultural education), educational support activities

Q - Human health and social work activities (86-88)

Including Hospitals, medical and dental practices, residential care, social work activities

Regional Outcome Agreement (ROA) definitions

Throughout the report we breakdown results by region using ROA categories. Table 11 shows the constituent Local Authorities for each ROA region category. Note, some Local Authorities appear in more than one ROA; for instance, East Renfrewshire is included both in Glasgow region and the West region.

Table 11: ROA region and constituent local authorities

ROA Region

Local Authority (note some overlap)

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen City



East Ayrshire

North Ayrshire

South Ayrshire


Scottish Borders

Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway

Edinburgh and Lothians

East Lothian





Forth Valley





East Dunbartonshire

East Renfrewshire


Highlands and Islands

Argyll and Bute

Eilean Siar



Orkney Islands

Shetland Islands


East Dunbartonshire

North Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire




Perth and Kinross


East Renfrewshire



West Dunbartonshire

West Lothian

West Lothian



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