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List of sectors of economic activities for the development of ESCO v1

When developing the initial version of ESCO, ESCO v1, the Commission used NACE revision 2 to organise the work according to 27 sectors of economic activities.

For sectors 1 to 11 stakeholders contributed through participation in Reference Groups. Sectors 12 to 27 were part of an online consultation of stakeholders. 

Sectors of economic activities used for the development of ESCO v1
 Name of the sectorScope according to NACE rev.2
1Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery
  • A - Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • N81 - Services to buildings and landscape activities
2Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • R - Arts, entertainment and recreation
3Hospitality and Tourism
  • I - Accommodation and food service activities
  • N79 - Travel agency, tour operator reservation service and related activities
4Human health and social services activities
  • Q - Human health and social work activities
5ICT service activities
  • J61 - Telecommunications
  • J62 - Computer programming, consultancy and related activities
  • J63 – Information service activities
6Manufacturing of food, beverages and tobacco
  • C10 - Manufacture of food products
  • C11 - Manufacture of beverages
  • C12 - Manufacture of tobacco products
7Manufacturing of Textile, Apparel, Leather, Footwear and related products
  • C13 - Manufacture of textiles
  • C14 - Manufacture of wearing apparel
  • C15 - Manufacture of leather and related products
8Mining and heavy industry
  • B - Mining and quarrying
  • C19 - Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products
  • C24 - Manufacture of basic metals
9Transportation and storage
  • H - Transporting and storage
  • N82.92 - Packaging activities
10Veterinary activities
  • M75 - Veterinary activities
11Wholesale and retail trade, renting and leasing
  • G - Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • N77 - Rental and leasing activities
12Business administration
  • M69 - Legal and accounting activities
  • M70 - Activities of head offices; management consultancy activities
  • M73 - Advertising and market research
  • N82 - Office administrative, office support and other business support activities (without 82.92)
13Chemical industry
  • C20 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
  • C21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
  • C22 - Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • C23 - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
14Construction
  • F - Construction
  • M74 - Other professional, scientific and technical activities
15Education
  • P - Education
16Energy and water supply, sewerage and waste management
  • D35 - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
  • E - Water supply; sewerage; waste management and remediation activities
17Finance, insurance and real estate
  • K - Financial and insurance activities
  • L - Real estate activities
18Manufacturing of consumer goods except food, beverages, tobacco, textile, apparel, leather
  • C31 - Manufacture of furniture
  • C32 - Other manufacturing
  • T98.1 Undifferentiated goods-producing activities of private households for own use
19Manufacturing of electrical equipment, computer, electronic and optical products
  • C26 - Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
  • C27 - Manufacture of electrical equipment
20Manufacturing of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
  • C25 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
21Manufacturing of machinery and equipment, except electrical equipment
  • C28 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
  • C33 - Repair and installation of machinery and equipment
22Manufacturing of transport equipment
  • C29 - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
  • C30 - Manufacture of other transport equipment
23Media
  • J58 - Publishing activities
  • J59 - Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities
  • J60 - Programming and broadcasting activities
24Personal service -, administrative support service- and security and investigation activities
  • N78 - Employment activities
  • N80 - Security and investigation activities
  • S95 - Repair of computers and personal and household goods
  • S96 - Other personal service activities
  • T97 - Activities of households as employers of domestic personnel
  • T98.2 - Undifferentiated service-producing activities of private households for own use
25Public administration and defence and membership organisations
  • O - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
  • S94 - Activities of membership organisations
  • U - Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies
26Scientific and technical activities
  • M71 - Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis
  • M72 - Scientific research and development
27Wood processing, paper and printing
  • C16 - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials
  • C17 - Manufacture of paper and paper products
  • C18 - Printing and reproduction of recorded media