04Appendix: A note on sources and methodology

The definitions used in this report are industry standard ‘best fits’ using standard industrial classification (SIC) codes. These do not map new work industries perfectly, for example jobs that might be creative or digital in nature are often classified in different industries due to that company’s SIC code. However as this report looks at businesses in different industries rather than employment, this is the most effective and robust methodology available.

There is some cross over between new work industry definitions, therefore the SIC code list below is not identical to the source definitions. Where possible we have used official statistics, for example ‘creative intensity’ to decide which industry to allocate each SIC code. Where this was not possible a judgement was made based on the evidence available.

Sic Code Standard Industrial Classification
Professional and business services
69 Legal and accounting activities
72 Scientific research and development
77 Rental and leasing activities
78 Employment activities
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities
7010 Activities of head offices
7022 Business and other management consultancy activities
7112 Engineering activities and related technical consultancy
7120 Technical testing and analysis
7320 Market research and public opinion polling
7490 Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.
1811 Printing of newspapers
1813 Pre-press and pre-media services
4651 Wholesale of computers, computer peripheral equipment and software
4652 Wholesale of electronic and telecommunications equipment and parts
4666 Wholesale of other office machinery and equipment
4669 Wholesale of other machinery and equipment
5829 Other software publishing
6190 Other telecommunications activities
6201 Computer programming activities
6202 Computer consultancy activities
6209 Other information technology and computer service activities
6311 Data processing, hosting and related activities
6391 News agency activities
9511 Repair of computers and peripheral equipment
18129 Printing (other than printing of newspapers and printing on labels and tags) n.e.c.
18201 Reproduction of sound recording
18202 Reproduction of video recording
18203 Reproduction of computer media
26511 Manufacture of electronic instruments and appliances for measuring, testing, and navigation, except industrial process control equipment
26512 Manufacture of electronic industrial process control equipment
46439 Wholesale of radio and television goods and of electrical household appliances (other than of gramophone records, audio tapes, compact discs and video tapes and the equipment on which these are played) n.e.c.
74209 Other photographic activities (not including portrait and other specialist photography and film processing) n.e.c.
Advanced Manufacturing
20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
27 Manufacture of electrical equipment
28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
254 Manufacture of weapons and ammunition
302 Manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock
303 Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery
304 Manufacture of military fighting vehicles
309 Manufacture of transport equipment n.e.c.
325 Manufacture of medical and dental instruments and supplies
64 Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding
65 Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security
66 Activities auxiliary to financial services and insurance activities
Creative industries
3212 Manufacture of jewellery and related articles
5811 Book publishing
5812 Publishing of directories and mailing lists
5813 Publishing of newspapers
5814 Publishing of journals and periodicals
5819 Other publishing activities
5821 Publishing of computer games
5911 Motion picture, video and television programme production activities
5912 Motion picture, video and television programme post-production activities
5913 Motion picture, video and television programme distribution activities
5914 Motion picture projection activities
5920 Sound recording and music publishing activities
6010 Radio broadcasting
6020 Television programming and broadcasting activities
7021 Public relations and communication activities
7111 Architectural activities
7311 Advertising agencies
7312 Media representation
7410 Specialised design activities
7430 Translation and interpretation activities
8552 Cultural education
9001 Performing arts
9002 Support activities to performing arts
9003 Artistic creation
9004 Operation of arts facilities
9101 Library and archive activities
9102 Museum activities
74201 Portrait photographic activities
74202 Other specialist photography (not including portrait photography)
74203 Film processing

Professional and Business Services

Business Innovation and Skills, 2013 Growth is Our Business: A Strategy for Professional and Business Services


Business Innovation and Skills, 2009 Digital Industries Definition As found in NIESR 2013 Measuring the UK’s Digital Economy with Big Data.


DCMS (2014) Creative Industries Economic Estimates. As found in NESTA, 2015 The Geography of the UK’s Creative and High Tech Economies

Advanced Manufacturing

Eurostat (2013) Manufacturing industries described as high-tech or medium-high tech, as found in UKCES (2015) Sector insights: Advanced Manufacturing.