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Professional, scientific and specialist activities. Main results. By branches

Professional, scientific and specialist activities. Main results. By branches CCAE-2009 Catalonia. 2020
Legal and accounting Head office and business consulting Technical serv., architecture & engineering, tech. analysis Research and development Advertising and market analysis Other professional and specialist Veterinary Total
Companies (number) 25,245 6,348 19,722 1,913 10,350 18,577 1,429 83,583
Establishments (number) 26,479 6,611 20,486 2,072 10,627 18,991 1,569 86,835
Employed persons (number) 70,520 38,356 55,616 18,679 27,504 30,620 4,612 245,907
Operating income 4,872,529 4,701,500 4,181,181 1,479,210 3,808,556 1,986,419 276,890 21,306,285
Turnover 4,720,822 4,254,528 4,033,467 713,805 3,722,822 1,845,083 274,563 19,565,089
Work done for the asset 5,054 26,573 37,297 63,517 6,941 44,982 0 184,364
Operating subsidies 10,935 15,950 39,781 593,226 8,493 36,828 850 706,062
Other operating income 135,719 404,449 70,637 108,662 70,300 59,526 1,477 850,770
Invent. var. prim. mat., supplies and merchandise 1,224 -4,272 6,749 283 387 1,021 -76 5,317
Inventory variation in products finished and in progress 1,994 -3,354 -12,282 1,731 -109 -794 190 -12,625
Operating expenses 3,861,342 6,668,814 3,850,485 1,445,123 3,698,508 1,488,709 240,918 21,253,898
Consumption of goods 9,211 117,412 146,821 19,200 1,197,450 57,180 64,136 1,611,409
Consumption of raw materials and other supplies 60,028 83,071 413,334 104,678 419,134 154,944 32,528 1,267,718
Work done by other companies 242,032 312,060 630,600 63,324 409,989 226,074 11,659 1,895,740
Personnel costs 1,807,337 2,177,041 1,552,845 722,768 864,166 556,701 74,220 7,755,078
Wages and salaries 1,430,224 1,755,578 1,220,752 567,797 688,959 439,079 57,538 6,159,926
Social burdens and other personnel costs 377,113 421,464 332,093 154,971 175,207 117,622 16,682 1,595,152
Expenditure on external services 1,551,144 1,628,694 976,008 390,314 719,779 402,696 51,796 5,720,431
Provision for amortizations 88,513 983,361 113,182 120,476 57,479 74,710 5,356 1,443,076
Other operating expenses 103,077 1,367,175 17,695 24,363 30,512 16,403 1,223 1,560,446
Gross investment in tangible assets 123,170 175,387 61,841 95,078 25,403 42,900 7,740 531,519
Gross investment in intangible assets 15,138 139,557 24,120 71,306 12,614 35,721 2,507 300,964
Result of the financial year 341,813 2,276,620 165,212 30,605 16,574 157,997 7,947 2,996,768
Units: Thousands of euros.
Source: Idescat, based on the INE's Structural business statistics in the service sector.

Last update: November 14, 2022.


These statistics have a specific section with all the information available: Structural Business Statistics in the Service Sector (EAS).

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

Consumption of goods
Number of purchases of goods (assets acquired by the company to be resold without subjecting them to a transformation process) made by the company during the reference year, less the changes in good inventories. The purchases are accounted for without including VAT and in net terms, in other words, by deducting discounts for immediate payment, sales returns and quantity discounts.
Personnel costs
Total amount of payments made by the company as wages and salaries, compensations, Social Security paid by the company and other social costs (long term retributions via contributory systems or defined allowances, retributions to personnel via patrimony instruments and other social expenses).
Operating expenses
TTotal amount obtained as a result of adding up the different expenses linked to the operations performed by the company: consumption and work performed by other companies, personnel expenses, external services and other operating expenses.
Expenditure on external services
Sum of all the different operating expenses incurred by the company during the reference year, including R&D expenses, leases and fees, repairs and maintenance, services of independent professionals, third-party transport, non-social insurance premiums, banking services and the like, advertising, publicity and public relations, supplies and other services.
The smallest combination of legal units constituting an organisational unit for the production of goods or services, one having certain autonomy in terms of decision-making, principally for allocating the resources it has at its disposal.
Operating revenue
Total amount obtained as a result of aggregating the different revenue associated to the operation.
Gross investment in intangible assets
Amount of expenditure (acquisitions or own production) on research and development activities, investment in IT applications and other intangible assets, such as concessions, patents, licences, trade funds, similar rights and others. These operations are accounted for by their total value without including VAT.
Gross investment in material assets
Amount of the increases in value produced for different types of asset, which originate from purchases of new or used assets from third parties, from the production of one's own assets or from work done by the company or third parties on already existing elements in order to increase production capacity, performance or useful life. This is the gross investment. Until 2007, the investment was calculated as a difference between real increases in the value of capital and the sales of said resources. Investment operations are accounted for as their total value. Purchases are valued at acquisition cost, without including deductible VAT but including transport, installation costs, registration and notary costs and other non deductible taxes. Work done by the company using its resources is valued at cost price. Does not include investments in property made to obtain income or capital gains.
Annual balance
Total amount of the profit or loss for the year as obtained as a consequence of the company's activity.
Changes in inventories of raw materials, other supplies and goods
Amount corresponding to the difference between the final inventories and initial inventories of raw materials, other supplies and goods. These inventories are valued at acquisition cost.
Changes in inventories in products finished and in progress
Amount corresponding to the difference between the final and initial inventories of the different products (finished, semi-finished and in progress, by-products, waste and recovered materials) manufactured by the company. These inventories are valued at production cost.
It includes the amounts invoiced by the company during the reference year for sales of goods and services corresponding to the company's ordinary activities. These sales are accounted for in net terms, in other words, by deducting sales discounts for immediate payment, sales returns, the value of returned packaging and quantity discounts. The taxes and duties on invoiced goods and services are included but the VAT transferred to the customer is excluded.

Methodological aspects

The Structural Business Statistics in the Service Sector, called the Annual Services Survey prior to the reference year 2014, is a sample-based survey that is produced annually by the INE in order to study the economic characteristics of companies in almost all of the market services sector (number of establishments, employment, income and operating costs, etc.) and estimate the main micromagnitudes. Idescat makes a detailed treatment for Catalonia and collaborates with the publishing of questionnaires.

The information about professional, scientific and technical activities, administrative and support service activities; that Idescat has produced using data from the from the INE is presented in two tables: main results and macromagnitudes.

Since 2008, the Annual services survey has been adapted to the new National classification of economic activities (CNAE-2009). This change involves a shift in the series that prevents inter-annual comparison between most sectors and some variables.

The correspondences between the sectors used and the Catalan classification of economic activities (CCAE-2009) is as follows:

CCAE-2009Groups of activities
45Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
46Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
49-53Transportation and storage
58-63Information and communication
68Real estate activities
69-75 Professional, scientific and technical activities
77-82 Administrative and support service activities
90-93Arts, entertainment and recreation
95,96Other services

In 2009, 2010 and 2010, the "Other services" group was partially studied. From the year 2012 onwards, the two branches of this group will be studied again.

List of branches each year studied:

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Repair of computers and personal and household goods (div. 95)    YES    YES    YES   YES    YES
Other personal service activities (div. 96)    YES    –    –    –    YES

Several methodological improvements were applied to the Structural Business Statistics in 2016. The results for 2016 are therefore not strictly comparable with those for previous years.

Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".