Economic activity

Mnemonic (reference code): ECOPUK

Definition: This derived variable is created using information from Questions 18 to 22 on the Census form and the question on Hours Worked (HOUPUK) and Employment Type (EMTPUK). The classification is based on the International Labour Office (ILO) definition of economic activity, and is an ONS harmonised survey classification.

As well as inevitable differences between a census and surveys, minor differences include the definition of part-time and full-time, and the sub-categorisation of economically inactive. For the Census, part-time is defined as working 30 hours or less, whereas for the harmonised output classification, part-time status is self-assessed. ‘In employment’ includes people on Government Sponsored Training Schemes.

The full classification given below provides detailed economic activity information for all economically active full-time students.

Applicability: All people aged 16 and 74, UK.

Classification:

Code

Name

01

Economically active (excluding full-time students): In employment: Employee: Part-time

02

Economically active (excluding full-time students): In employment: Employee: Full-time

03

Economically active (excluding full-time students): In employment: Self-employed with employees: Part-time

04

Economically active (excluding full-time students): In employment: Self-employed with employees: Full-time

05

Economically active (excluding full-time students): In employment: Self-employed without employees: Part-time

06

Economically active (excluding full-time students): In employment: Self employed without employees: Full-time

07

Economically active (excluding full-time students): Unemployed: Seeking work and available to start within 2 weeks

08

Economically active (excluding full-time students): Unemployed: Waiting to start a job already obtained and available to start within 2 weeks

09

Economically active full-time students: In employment: Employee: Part-time

10

Economically active full-time students: In employment: Employee: Full-time

11

Economically active full-time students: In employment: Self employed with employees: Part-time

12

Economically active full-time students: In employment: Self employed with employees: Full-time

13

Economically active full-time students: In employment: Self employed without employees: Part-time

14

Economically active full-time students: In employment: Self employed without employees: Full-time

15

Economically active full-time students: Unemployed: Seeking work and available to start within 2 weeks

16

Economically active full-time students: Unemployed: Waiting to start a job already obtained and available to start within 2 weeks

17

Economically inactive: Retired

18

Economically inactive: Student

19

Economically inactive: Looking after home/family

20

Economically inactive: Permanently sick/disabled

21

Economically inactive: Other

XX

Not applicable

Total number of categories: 22

Not applicable category (XX) comprises: All people aged 15 and under or aged 75 and over.

Output:

CAS013, CAS021, CAS026, CAS027, CAS028, CAS030, CAS031, CAS032, CAS041, CAS043, CAS061, CAS063

CAST02, CAST05, CAST07

S13, S21, S26, S27, S28, S30, S31, S32, S35, S38, S41, S43, S61, AF3

KS9A-C, KS13

T17, T18, T19, T20, T25, T26, T27, T28, T33, T34

UV28, UV29

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.