74 - Other professional, scientific and technical activities

This Chapter has been extracted from the ONS Explanatory Notes and provides a more detailed explanation of possible activities that could fall within the SIC Codes related to the Chapter.

This division includes the provision of professional scientific and technical services (except legal and accounting activities; architecture and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis; management and management consultancy activities; research and development and advertising activities).

74.1 Specialised design activities

74.10 Specialised design activities

This class includes:
- fashion design related to textiles, wearing apparel, shoes, jewellery, furniture and other interior decoration and other fashion goods as well as other personal or household goods
- industrial design, i.e. creating and developing designs and specifications that optimise the use, value and appearance of products, including the determination of the materials, mechanism, shape, colour and surface finishes of the product, taking into consideration human characteristics and needs, safety, market appeal in  distribution, use and maintenance
- activities of graphic designers

This class excludes:
- design and programming of web pages, see 62.01
- architectural design, see 71.11
- engineering design, i.e. applying physical laws and principles of engineering in the design of machines, materials, instruments, structures, processes and systems, see 71.12

74.2 Photographic activities

74.20 Photographic activities

74.20/1 Portrait photographic activities

This subclass includes:
- portrait photography for passports, schools, weddings etc.

This subclass excludes:
- operation of coin operated (self-service) photo machines, see 96.09

74.20/2 Other specialist photography (not including portrait photography)

This subclass includes:
- aerial photography
- photographing of persons, objects or scenery using special apparatus and techniques e.g.
· underwater photography
· medical and biological photography
· photomicrography
• microfilming of documents

This subclass excludes:
- cartographic and spatial information activities, see 71.12

74.20/3 Film processing

This subclass includes:
- developing, printing and enlarging from client-taken negatives or cine-films
- film developing and photo printing laboratories
- one hour photo shops (not part of camera stores)
- mounting of slides
- copying and restoring or transparency retouching in connection with photographs

This subclass excludes:
- processing motion picture film related to the motion picture and television industries, see 59.12

74.20/9 Other photographic activities (not including portrait and other specialist photography and film processing) n.e.c.

This subclass includes:
- photography for commercials, publishers, fashion, real estate or tourism purposes
- videotaping of events: weddings, meetings etc. 
- activities of photojournalists

74.3 Translation and interpretation activities

74.30 Translation and interpretation activities

74.9 Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.

74.90 Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.

This class includes a great variety of service activities generally delivered to commercial clients. It includes those activities for which more advanced professional, scientific and technical skill levels are required, but does not include ongoing, routine business functions that are generally of short duration.

74.90/1 Environmental consulting activities

This subclass includes:
- consulting activities for environmental projects

74.90/2 Quantity surveying activities

This subclass excludes:
- research and development activities, see 72

74.90/9 Other professional, scientific and technical activities (not including environmental consultancy or quantity surveying) n.e.c.

This subclass includes:
- business brokerage activities, i.e. arranging for the purchase and sale of small and medium-sized businesses, including professional practices, but not including real estate brokerage

- patent brokerage activities (arranging for the purchase and sale of patents)
- appraisal activities other than for real estate and insurance (for antiques, jewellery, etc.)
- bill auditing and freight rate information
- weather forecasting activities
- security consultants
- agronomy consulting
- other technical consulting
- activities of consultants other than architecture, engineering, environment and management consultants

This subclass also includes:
- activities carried out by agents and agencies on behalf of individuals usually involving the obtaining of engagements in motion picture, theatrical production or other entertainment or sports attractions and the placement of books, plays, artworks, photographs etc., with publishers, producers etc.

This subclass excludes:
- wholesale of used motor vehicles by auctioning, see 45.1
- online auction activities (retail), see 47.91
- activities of auctioning houses (retail), see 47.99
- activities of real estate brokers, see 68.31
- activities of environmental consultants, see 74.90/1
- activities of quantity surveyors, see 74.90/2 
- bookkeeping activities, see 69.20
- activities of management consultants, see 70.22
- activities of architecture and engineering consultants, see 71.1
- industrial and machinery design, see 71.12, 74.10
- veterinary testing and control in relation to food production, see 71.20
- display of advertisement and other advertising design, see 73.11
- creation of stands and other display structures and sites, see 73.11
- activities of convention and trade show organisers, see 82.30
- activities of independent auctioneers, see 82.99
- administration of loyalty programmes, see 82.99
- consumer credit and debt counselling, see 88.99


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