National Statistics - Socio-Economic Classification

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National Statistics - Socio-Economic Classification

Definition

The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SeC) provides an indication of socio-economic position, based on occupation. It is an Office for National Statistics standard classification.

Output Classifications

Applicability: All people aged 16 and over ,UK

People aged 75 and over are not asked the economic activity questions. They are coded to L17 (code 40)

1 Class 1 (Higher Managerial and Professional Occupations)

1.1 Large employers and higher managerial occupations

• L1 Employers in large organisations 01

• L2 Higher managerial 02

1.2 L3 Higher professional occupations

• L3.1 'Traditional' employees 03

• L3.2 'New' employees 04

• L3.3 'Traditional' self employed 05

• L3.4 'New' self employed 06

2 Class 2 (Lower managerial and professional occupations)

L4 Lower professional and higher technical occupations

• L4.1 'Traditional' employees 07

• L4.2 'New' employees 08

• L4.3 'Traditional' self employed 09

• L4.4 'New' self employed 10

L5 Lower managerial occupations 11

L6 Higher supervisory occupations 12

3 Class 3 (Intermediate Occupations)

• L7.1 Intermediate clerical and administrative 13

• L7.2 Intermediate sales and service 14

• L7.3 Intermediate technical and auxiliary 15

• L7.4 Intermediate engineering 16

4 Class 4 (Small Employers and Own Account Workers)

L8 Employers in small organisations

• L8.1 Employers in small organisations (non-professional) 17

• L8.2 Employers in small organisations (agriculture) 18

L9 Own account workers

• L9.1 Own account workers (non- professional) 19

• L9.2 Own account workers (agriculture) 20

5 Class 5 (Lower Supervisory and technical occupations)

L10 Lower supervisory occupations 21

L11 Lower technical occupations

• L11.1 Lower technical craft 22

• L11.2 Lower technical process operative 23

6 Class 6 (Semi-routine Occupations)

• L12.1 Semi-routine sales 24

• L12.2 Semi-routine service 25

• L12.3 Semi-routine technical 26

• L12.4 Semi-routine operative 27

• L12.5 Semi-routine agricultural 28

• L12.6 Semi-routine clerical 29

• L12.7 Semi-routine childcare 30

7 Class 7 (Routine Occupations)

• L13.1 Routine sales and service 31

• L13.2 Routine production 32

• L13.3 Routine technical 33

• L13.4 Routine operative 34

• L13.5 Routine agricultural 35

8 Class 8 (Never worked and long-term unemployed)
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• L14.1 Never worked 36

• L14.2 Long-term unemployed 37

Not classified

• L15 Full-time students 38

• Occupation not coded 39

• L17 Not classifiable for other reasons 40

XX Not applicable

Total number of categories: 41

Not applicable category comprises:

- people aged 15 and under

Output

CAS023, CAS024, CAS042, CAS043, CAS044, CAS045, CAS046, CAS047, CAS224, CAS225

CAST01, CAST07

S23, S24, S42, S43, S44, S45, S46, S47, S64, S213, S215, S244, S225, S243

KS14A-C

T16, T27, T28, T34

UV31

Census Areas Statistics (CAS), Census Areas Statistics Theme (CAST), Key Statistics (KS) and Univariate (UV) tables are available for all census areas.

Standard (S) and Theme (T) tables are available at ST Ward/ST Postcode Sector and above.

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Social Grade, Approximated

Definition

Social Grade is the socio-economic classification used by the Market Research and Marketing Industries. Although it is not possible to allocate Social Grade precisely from information collected in the Census, the Market Research Society has developed a method for using Census information to provide a good approximation of Social Grade.

Most output by Social Grade will be for people aged 16 and over in households. They will be classified by the Social Grade of their Household Reference Person (HRP). For households where the HRP is aged less than 16 or over 74 the Social Grade of people in the household will be determined by the household tenure. One table, for the workplace population (people in employment whose usual place of work is in the area) will categorise people by their own Social Grade based on their own occupation.

Output Classifications

Applicability: All people aged 16-74, UK

1,2 AB Higher and intermediate managerial/administrative/professional

3 C1 Supervisory, clerical, junior managerial/administrative/professional

4 C2 Skilled manual workers

5 D Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers

6 E On state benefit, unemployed, lowest grade workers

X Not applicable

Total number of categories: 6

Not applicable category (X) comprises: people aged 15 or under or aged 75 or over

Output

CAS023, CAS024, CAS042, CAS043, CAS044, CAS045, CAS046, CAS047, CAS224, CAS225

CAST01, CAST07

S23, S24, S42, S43, S44, S45, S46, S47, S64, S213, S215, S244, S225, S243

KS14A-C

T16, T27, T28, T34

UV50, UV78

Census Areas Statistics (CAS), Census Areas Statistics Theme (CAST), Key Statistics (KS) and Univariate (UV) tables are available for all census areas.

Standard (S) and Theme (T) tables are available at ST Ward/ST Postcode Sector and above.