National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SeC)

Mnemonic (reference code): NSSPUK

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.

Applicability: All people aged 16 and over, UK

Classification:

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

Code

Name

01

L1 Employers in large organisations

02

L2 Higher managerial

03

L3.1 'Traditional' employees

04

L3.2 'New' employees

05

L3.3 'Traditional' self employed

​06

L3.4 'New' self employed

07

L4.1 'Traditional' employees

08

L4.2 'New' employees

09

L4.3 'Traditional' self employed

10

L4.4 'New' self employed

​11

L5 Lower managerial occupations

12

L6 Higher supervisory occupations

13

L7.1 Intermediate clerical and administrative

14

L7.2 Intermediate sales and service

15

L7.3 Intermediate technical and auxiliary

16

L7.4 Intermediate engineering

​17

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

18

L8.2 Employers in small organisations (agriculture)

19

L9.1 Own account workers (non- professional)

20

L9.2 Own account workers (agriculture)

21

L10 Lower supervisory occupations

22

L11.1 Lower technical craft

23

L11.2 Lower technical process operative

24

L12.1 Semi-routine sales

25

L12.2 Semi-routine service

​26

L12.3 Semi-routine technical

27

L12.4 Semi-routine operative

28

​L12.5 Semi-routine agricultural

29

L12.6 Semi-routine clerical

​30

L12.7 Semi-routine childcare

31

L13.1 Routine sales and service

32

L13.2 Routine production

33

L13.3 Routine technical

34

L13.4 Routine operative

35

L13.5 Routine agricultural

36

L14.1 Never worked

37

L14.2 Long-term unemployed

38

L15 Full-time students

​39

L16 Occupation not stated or inadequately described

40

L17 Not classifiable for other reasons

​XX

Not applicable

Total number of categories: 41

Not applicable category (XX) comprises: All 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.