O - Q

Place of work or study (Scotland)

Mnemonic (reference code): POWSPS

Definition: This question records the travel address for a person's main job or course of study (including school).

The work or study postcode variable (POWSPCPS) contains where appropriate, a postcode, or a country code or a code relating to the departure point for people working on an offshore installation.

Applicability: All people, Scotland.



Mnemonic (reference code): OCCPUK

Definition: This variable records the occupation of the person, coded to the new Standard Occupational Classification (SOC2000). The 2001 Census uses the full classification down to unit group level – the lowest of the four levels in the classification.


Provision of care

Mnemonic (reference code): HELPUK

Definition: This question records whether a person gives any help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill-health or disability, or problems related to old age.

Qualification, highest level of

Mnemonic (reference code): HLQPUK

Definition: This derived variable provides information on the highest level of qualification. For Scotland and Northern Ireland it is based on QU(x)PS and QU(x)PNI respectively. In England and Wales it is based on responses to both the qualifications question and the professional qualification question (see QU(x)PEW and PQU(x)PEW). The codes are preceded by 1 for England and Wales, 2 for Scotland and 3 for Northern Ireland to emphasise that the levels are derived from different questions.

Qualifications (Scotland)

Mnemonic (reference code): QU1PS​ to QU8PS

Definition: This is a multi-tick question asking the person to identify all qualifications obtained. Respondents are asked to tick all boxes that apply.

During processing, the answers to the tick boxes are held in a compound field consisting of 0s and 1s. In order to produce a ‘count’ of qualifications held, separate variables are provided on the final output database for each qualification group represented by each tick box.

Pensioner household

Mnemonic (reference code): PENHUK

Definition: This variable provides information on the people of pensionable age in the household.

Applicability: All households with at least one person of pensionable age






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