Thursday, August 09, 2007

class composition in Britain: 2001 census information

"The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC) is the replacement proposed for the Registrar General’s ‘social class’ classification. It places people into a socio-economic category based on their occupation and certain characteristics of the work that they do (whether they are an employer, self-employed or an employee; whether or not they are responsible for supervising others; and the number of employees at the place of work). Of the classifications for people in work, the highest group is NS-SEC 1,‘Higher managerial and professional occupations’, and the lowest is NS-SEC 7, ‘Routine occupations’.The NS-SEC classes are listed with the population in 2001."

1. Higher managerial and professional occupations (3,182,614) 8.46%
"Doctors, directors of large organisations, clergy "

2. Lower managerial and professional occupations (6,990,083) 18.59%
"Journalists, nurses, school teachers"

3. Intermediate occupations (3,532,894) 9.39%
"Travel agents, police officers (sergeant and below)"

4. Small employers and own account workers (2,626,067) 6.98%
"Farmers, taxi drivers, hotel managers"

5. Lower supervisory and technical occupations (2,687,927) 7.15%
"Train drivers, electricians, bakers"

6. Semi-routine occupations (4,393,965) 11.68%
"Scaffolders, traffic wardens, dental nurses"

7. Routine occupations (3,410,122) 9.07%
"Building labourers, waiters, cleaners"

8. Never worked and long-term unemployed (1,404,188)3.73%
Never worked (1,021,800)
Long-term unemployed (382,388)

Not classified (9,379,577) 24.94%
Full-time students (2,648,991) 7.04%
Not classified for other reasons (6,730,586) 17.90%

Total (aged 16-74) 37,607,437

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