Mnemonic reference (code): OCC

Type: Primary variable

Definition: A person's occupation relates to their main job and is derived from either their job title or details of the activities involved in their job. This is used to assign responses to an occupation code based on the Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC2010).

Applicability: Person

Classification: The classifications can be found in the Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC 2010)

These classifications are then used to assign individuals occupation groups via the Occupation hierarchy (Excel 94 Kb download)

Not applicable category (X) comprises: Schoolchildren and full-time students living away from home during term time, all those under the age of 16 and all those who have never worked.

Source question (s):

Image of Scottish question 32 from 2011

Image of Scottish question 33 from 2011

England & Wales (2011) and Scotland (2001) comparison:

The question in England & Wales (2011) is identical to the Scotland (2011) question.

Although the question in 2001 was the same as 2011, in the 2011 Census the Standard Occupation Classification 2010 (SOC2010) was used to classify responses. In the 2001 Census, SOC2000 was used, meaning direct comparisons between the two sets of census results are not possible without further processing of the data.


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