Title: Developing a detailed 8-country occupations database for comparative socio-economic research in the European Union
Duration: April 2006 - March 2009
Funded by: European Commission - 6th Framework Programme - FP6-028987


EurOccupations Partners

EurOccupations Project description

EurOccupations Deliverables

EurOccupations Data

EurOccupations Policy Briefs

EurOccupations Conferences and meetings

EurOccupations FAQ

Adding new occupations to the EurOccupations database

EurOccupations Procedures

EurOccupations Researchers

EurOccupations Supporting organisations

EurOccupations Newsletters

EurOccupations Partners

Project management: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of Sociology - Kea Tijdens. For further information about EurOccupations contact prof. Kea Tijdens or dr. Judith de Ruijter.

EurOccupations Project description

The EurOccupations project aimed to build a publicly available database containing the most common occupations for use in multi-country data-collection, through the Internet or otherwise. It covered eight EU countries, notably Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and United Kingdom. The database includes a source list of 1,594 distinct occupational titles within the ISCO-08 classification, country-specific translations and a search tree to navigate through the database.

EurOccupations has investigated the similarity of occupations in eight countries for 150 occupations selected from the source list. The test focused on job content, required skill levels, and competencies. The test was based on information gathered via existing databases and via experts from interest organisations and social science researchers. The database contains job descriptions and task lists as well as expert ratings with regard to the frequencies of the tasks and the required entry qualification for eight countries and 150 occupations.

EurOccupations has developed several tools, among others a procedure for drafting new task lists, a procedure for expert data collection, a web-survey on occupations for experts, CASCOT software for coding job titles, and a website to search task frequencies, see the Icares and EuOccupations website. In addition, it has produced research papers about the state-of-the-art of occupational classifications, the occupational structure in Poland, on social stratification, on gender and skill bias in the EurOccupations Database, and on the priciples underlying the design of the EurOccupations Database.  Here the database can be consulted in many languages.

EurOccupations Deliverables

D01a1 Paper - Update of the underlying principles of the EurOccupations database (pdf 300 kB)
D01b Note -The EurOccupations Database of Occupations (pdf 120 kB)
D01b1 Tables - EurOccuptions Database of Occupations for 8 countries (Excel 2003 4.3 MB)
D01b1 Tables - EurOccuptions Database of Occupations for 8 countries (Excel 2007 1.9 MB)
D01c Note - Key occupations and cluster division (pdf 730 kB)
D01d Frequency tables - Gender distributions at aggregated levels per country (pdf 150 kB)
D01e Frequency tables - Education distributions at aggregated levels per country (pdf 270 kB)
D01f Frequency tables - Age group distributions at aggregated levels per country (pdf 270 kB)
D01g Tables - EurOccupations Job descriptions and job content for 8 countries (Excel 2003 2.3 MB)
D01g Tables - EurOccupations Job descriptions and job content for 8 countries (Excel 2007 920 kB)
D01h Tables - EurOccupations Results websurvey (Excel 2003 290 kB)
D01h Tables - EurOccupations Results websurvey (Excel 2007 80 kB)
D02 Screenshots - A facility to search the web-based database (pdf 1 MB)
D03 Paper - A Toolkit for non-EurOccupations EU member states (pdf 990 kB)
D05 Paper - Procedures expert data collectio (pdf 330 kB)
D06 Paper - Web-survey for experts - Formats to classify key occupations, tick job content, skill level and competency profiles (pdf 380 kB)
  Also check for the online database of occupations
D7-D14 National reports:
België (Word 950 kB)
Belgique (Word 1.1 MB)
Deutschland (Word 1 MB)
España (Word 885 kB)
Italia (Word 300 kB)
Nederland (Word 1 MB)
Polska (Word 340 kB)
United Kingdom (Word 950 kB)
D15b Cluster report - Care and welfare (pdf 3.7 MB)
D16b Cluster Report - Education, Research and Personnel (pdf 5.3 MB)
D17b Cluster report - Manufacturing (pdf 19.6 MB)
D18b Cluster report - Construction and cars (pdf 6.5 MB)
D19b Cluster report - Information communication finance legal occupations (pdf 4 MB)
D19b Appendix - Frequency tabels IT cluster part1 20090420 (pdf 3 MB)
D20b Cluster report - Transport (pdf 6 MB)
D21b Cluster report - Trade and agriculture (pdf 2.1 MB)
D22b Cluster report - Clerks- staff- management and army- police (pdf 1.8 MB)
D23 Paper - Gender bias in the EurOccupations database (pdf 1.7 MB)
D24 Paper - A test of the usefulness of the EUROCCUPATIONS database for self-administered computer-based questionnaires ((pdf 440 kB)
D25 Manual - For surveys using the EurOccupations Database of Occupations (pdf 200 kB)
D26 Paper - Development of associated software for EurOccupations database (pdf 720 kB)
Activation key and requirements (Word 81 kB)
cascot ed installer 1 (zip 2.1 MB)
cascot ed installer 2 (jar 2.1 MB)
cascot installer 1 (zip 2.9 MB)
cascot installer 2 (jar 2.9 MB)
tutorial files (zip 13 kB)
cascot demonstration (Powerpoint 4.4 MB)
cascot classification file, Dutch (classification file 750 kB)
cascot classification file, English (classification file 700 kB)
D27 Paper - Occupational structure in Poland 1989-2008 (pdf 1.4 MB)
D28 Paper - EurOccupations and social stratification (pdf 280 kB)
D30 Mid term conference in Marseille, 23 & 24 April 2008
D31 Final conference in Brussels, 23 & 24 April 2009
D33 Dissemination activities for the EUROCCUPATIONS
D35 State-of-the-art report - Occupational classifications in eight countries (pdf 20.4 MB)

EurOccupations Data

For a selection of 150 occupations, EurOccupations aimed at testing the similartity regarding job content, required skill level, and competency profiles across the 8 member states. For this test, experts on occupations in the participating countries have been asked to complete a web-survey.  The dataset of this survey is freely available by sending an email with name and affiliate information to Kea Tijdens, University of Amsterdam. The codebook of this data can be downloaded here.

EurOccupations Policy Briefs

European Policy Brief no 1 Database of Occupations (pdf 150 kB)
European Policy Brief no 2 Similarity of occupations and skills (pdf 170 kB)
European Policy Brief no 3 CASCOT coding program (pdf 115 kB)
European Policy Brief no 4 Occupational structure in Poland (pdf 105 kB) 

EurOccupations Conferences and meetings

Final conference, 23 & 24 April 2009, Brussels and Leuven, Belgium

During the final conference the results of our expert research were presented and workshops were given on the basis of our latest papers. Downloads of research papers and further details on the final conference are available in the EurOccupations Deliverables.

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The third and last international conference took place in Brussels and Leuven (Belgium) on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 April 2009. Click to download the presentations of 23 April or 24 April.

Thursday 23 April, 11:00hrs-17:00hrs

Location: The International Auditorium in Brussels 

11:00u – 13:00u          Welcome and lunch

13:00u – 13:05u          Welcome - Prof. Peter Elias (Warwick, IER)

13:05u – 13:15u          Presentation by EC project officer Tihamer Laczko

13:15u  – 15:20u            Results of the EurOccupations database for different 

                                        clusters of occupations – 8 EurOccupations partners

15:20u – 15:40u             Break      

15:40u – 15:55u             Demonstration website EurOccupations database –


15:55u – 16:55u              Panel discussion on results of the EurOccupations  

                                        project and future possibilities - chair: Paulien Osse, 


16:45u- 17:00u                Final words - Prof. Peter Elias (Warwick, IER)

Friday 24 April, 09:00hrs-15:30hrs

09:00u – 09:15u              Welcome

09:15u – 09:45u               Introduction EurOccupations project and expert data

                                         collection - Dr. Judith de Ruijter (AO Consult) and

                                         Dr. Yves de Weerdt (KU Leuven)

09:45u – 10:30u               2 parallel paper sessions:

                      •  “Social stratification”
                      •  “Development of associated software for  EurOccupations database

10:30u – 10:45u               Break

10:45u – 11:30u               2 parallel paper sessions:

                      •  “Gender bias”
                      •  “Occupational structure in Poland"

11:30u- 12:00u                  Use of the EurOccupations database of 1,500

                                           occupations in web surveys – Prof. Kea Tijdens

                                           (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

12:00u – 12:30u                 Lunch

EurOccupations international expert conference, 21-22 May 2008, Marseille, France

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The goal of the international expert conference was to gain further insight into similarities and differences in the relevant occupational and educational structures in the 8 countries and to discuss certain problematic cases. Each session focused on relevant issues for (occupations in) the cluster of occupations and the consequences for the EurOccupations database.

During the conference sessions, the following topics were addressed:

  • the occupational structure in clusters of occupations;
  • the educational structure in clusters of occupations;
  • relevant developments and consequences for occupations;
  • certain ‘problematic’ occupations (e.g., blurred occupations, high

     (generalised) heterogeneity).

The International expert conference was a great success. The presentations of the experts sessions can be downloaded here.

Plenary session




Trade and Agriculture

Information, communication, finance and legal

  • Database exploration                                                 



Clerks, staff, management, army & police



Care and Welfare


                                Special thanks to Paul Dorsemagen for taking pictures.


 EurOccupations FAQ

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Frequently asked questions

Adding new occupations to the EurOccupations database

If you are interested in adding new occupations to the EurOccupations database, a toolkit is available.

This toolkit includes the following procedures:

  1. EurOccupations procedures to develop task descriptions for occupations;
  2. EurOccupations procedures that describe the procedures to collect detailed occupation information;
  3. EurOccupations procedures to recruit (inter)national experts, who can validate the occupational information.

For more information about adding occupations and the EurOccupations toolkit, please contact Judith de Ruijter, AO Consult (

 EurOccupations Procedures

To ensure a uniform execution of research by all project partners in Europe the EurOccupations project was done using the following procedures:

 EurOccupations Researchers

The EurOccupations researchers in the Netherlands are:

The EurOccupations researchers in the United Kingdom are:

The EurOccupations researchers in Belgium are:

The EurOccupations researchers in Poland are:

  • University of Economics Poznan, Katedra Pracy i Polityki Spolecznej (Unit of Work and Social Policy)
    • Piotr Michoń
    • Magda Andrałojc

 The EurOccupations researchers in Spain are:

The EurOccupations researchers in France are:

 The EurOccupations researcher in Germany is:

 EurOccupations Supporting Organisations

  • AIAS/University of Amsterdam     
  • BGA-Nederland                   
  • CBS                                                     
  • Cedefop                                           


  • Destatis                                          
  • Eures                                              
  • European Social Survey                
  • European Training Foundation    
  • Eurostat                                         
  • Free University Amsterdam          
  • HBA                                                            
  • Hoge Hotelschool Maastricht        
  • Icares                                           
  • KOC                                                
  • Kennisnet                                         
  • LIFT Group A knowledge centre

 on the complete chain of textile

and fashion activities




  • OBN                                                
  • Radboud University Nijmegen      
  • Sociaal Fonds Taxi                        
  • VTL                                                 
  • University of Warwick                  
  • WCC Group                                    

 EurOccupations Newsletters

Click to download our published newsletters:

- Number 2, November 2007

- Number 3, March 2008 

- Number 4, August 2008 

- Number 5, January 2009

- Number 6, September 2009


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