2001 Census Appendix 23

Occupation
OCCPUK

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.

Applicability: All people aged 16 to 74 years working in the week before Census and all people aged 16 to 64 years who were not working in the week before Census but who last worked in 1996 or later, England , Wales and Scotland.
All people aged 16 to 74 years who have ever worked, Northern Ireland

The different levels in this classification are:
1 digit code (e.g. 1) - Major Group Level, 9 categories
2 digit code (e.g. 11) - Sub-Major Group Level, 25 categories
3 digit code (e.g. 111) - Minor Group Level, 81 categories
4 digit code (e.g. 1111) - Unit Group Level, 353 categories

The most detail used in standard output is the Sub-Major Group level.


The Sub-Major, Minor Group and Unit Group structure is defined as follows:

Major Group

Sub-Major Group

Minor Group

Unit Group

Group Title

         

1

     

MANAGERS AND SENIOR OFFICIALS

         
 

11

   

CORPORATE MANAGERS

         
   

111

 

Corporate Managers And Senior Officials

         
     

1111

Senior officials in national government

     

1112

Directors and chief executives of major organisations

     

1113

Senior officials in local government

     

1114

Senior officials of special interest organisations

         
   

112

Production Managers

 
         
     

1121

Production, works and maintenance managers

     

1122

Managers in construction

     

1123

Managers in mining and energy

         
   

113

Functional Managers

 
         
     

1131

Financial managers and chartered secretaries

     

1132

Marketing and sales managers

     

1133

Purchasing managers

     

1134

Advertising and public relations managers

     

1135

Personnel, training and industrial relations managers

     

1136

Information and communication technology managers

     

1137

Research and development managers

         
   

114

Quality And Customer Care Managers

 
         
     

1141

Quality assurance managers

     

1142

Customer care managers

         
   

115

Financial Institution And Office Managers

 
         
     

1151

Financial institution managers

     

1152

Office managers

         
   

116

Managers In Distribution, Storage And Retailing

 
         
     

1161

Transport and distribution managers

     

1162

Storage and warehouse managers

     

1163

Retail and wholesale managers

         
   

117

Protective Service Officers

 
         
     

1171

Officers in armed forces

     

1172

Police officers (inspectors and above)

     

1173

Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services

     

1174

Security managers

         
   

118

Health And Social Services Managers

 
         
     

1181

Hospital and health service managers

     

1182

Pharmacy managers

     

1183

Healthcare practice managers

     

1184

Social services managers

     

1185

Residential and day care managers

         
 

12

   

MANAGERS AND PROPRIETORS IN AGRICULTURE AND SERVICES

         
   

121

Managers In Farming, Horticulture, Forestry And Fishing

 
         
     

1211

Farm managers

     

1212

Natural environment and conservation managers

     

1219

Managers in animal husbandry, forestry and fishing n.e.c.

         
   

122

Managers And Proprietors In Hospitality And Leisure Services

 
         
     

1221

Hotel and accommodation managers

     

1222

Conference and exhibition managers

     

1223

Restaurant and catering managers

     

1224

Publicans and managers of licensed premises

     

1225

Leisure and sports managers

     

1226

Travel agency managers

         
   

123

Managers And Proprietors In Other Service Industries

 
         
     

1231

Property, housing and land managers

     

1232

Garage managers and proprietors

     

1233

Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

     

1234

Shopkeepers and wholesale/retail dealers

     

1235

Recycling and refuse disposal managers

     

1239

Managers and proprietors in other services n.e.c.

         

2

     

PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS

         
 

21

   

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS

         
   

211

Science Professionals

 
         
     

2111

Chemists

     

2112

Biological scientists and biochemists

     

2113

Physicists, geologists and meteorologists

         
   

212

Engineering Professionals

 
         
     

2121

Civil engineers

     

2122

Mechanical engineers

     

2123

Electrical engineers

     

2124

Electronics engineers

     

2125

Chemical engineers

     

2126

Design and development engineers

     

2127

Production and process engineers

     

2128

Planning and quality control engineers

     

2129

Engineering professionals n.e.c.

         
   

213

Information And Communication Technology Professionals

 
         
     

2131

IT strategy and planning professionals

     

2132

Software professionals

         
 

22

   

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

         
   

221

Health Professionals

 
         
     

2211

Medical practitioners

     

2212

Psychologists

     

2213

Pharmacists/pharmacologists

     

2214

Ophthalmic opticians

     

2215

Dental practitioners

     

2216

Veterinarians

         
 

23

   

TEACHING AND RESEARCH PROFESSIONALS

         
   

231

Teaching Professionals

 
         
     

2311

Higher education teaching professionals

     

2312

Further education teaching professionals

     

2313

Education officers, school inspectors

     

2314

Secondary education teaching professionals

     

2315

Primary and nursery education teaching professionals

     

2316

Special needs education teaching professionals

     

2317

Registrars and senior administrators of educational establishments

     

2319

Teaching professionals n.e.c.

         
   

232

Research Professionals

 
         
     

2321

Scientific researchers

     

2322

Social science researchers

     

2329

Researchers n.e.c.

         
 

24

   

BUSINESS AND PUBLIC SERVICE PROFESSIONALS

         
   

241

Legal Professionals

 
         
     

2411

Solicitors and lawyers, judges and coroners

     

2419

Legal professionals n.e.c.

         
   

242

Business And Statistical Professionals

 
         
     

2421

Chartered and certified accountants

     

2422

Management accountants

     

2423

Management consultants, actuaries, economists and statisticians

         
   

243

Architects, Town Planners, Surveyors

 
         
     

2431

Architects

     

2432

Town planners

     

2433

Quantity surveyors

     

2434

Chartered surveyors (not quantity surveyors)

         
   

244

Public Service Professionals

 
         
     

2441

Public service administrative professionals

     

2442

Social workers

     

2443

Probation officers

     

2444

Clergy

         
   

245

Librarians And Related Professionals

 
         
     

2451

Librarians

     

2452

Archivists and curators

         

3

     

ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL OCCUPATIONS

         
 

31

   

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONALS

         
   

311

Science And Engineering Technicians

 
         
     

3111

Laboratory technicians

     

3112

Electrical/electronics technicians

     

3113

Engineering technicians

     

3114

Building and civil engineering technicians

     

3115

Quality assurance technicians

     

3119

Science and engineering technicians n.e.c.

         
   

312

Draughtspersons And Building Inspectors

 
         
     

3121

Architectural technologists and town planning technicians

     

3122

Draughtspersons

     

3123

Building inspectors

         
   

313

IT Service Delivery Occupations

 
         
     

3131

IT operations technicians

     

3132

IT user support technicians

         
 

32

   

HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELFARE ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONALS

         
   

321

Health Associate Professionals

 
         
     

3211

Nurses

     

3212

Midwives

     

3213

Paramedics

     

3214

Medical radiographers

     

3215

Chiropodists

     

3216

Dispensing opticians

     

3217

Pharmaceutical dispensers

     

3218

Medical and dental technicians

         
   

322

Therapists

 
         
     

3221

Physiotherapists

     

3222

Occupational therapists

     

3223

Speech and language therapists

     

3229

Therapists n.e.c.

         
   

323

Social Welfare Associate Professionals

 
         
     

3231

Youth and community workers

     

3232

Housing and welfare officers

         
 

33

   

PROTECTIVE SERVICE OCCUPATIONS

         
   

331

Protective Service Occupations

 
         
     

3311

NCOs and other ranks

     

3312

Police officers (sergeant and below)

     

3313

Fire service officers (leading fire officer and below)

     

3314

Prison service officers (below principal officer)

     

3319

Protective service associate professionals n.e.c.

         
 

34

   

CULTURE,MEDIA AND SPORTS OCCUPATIONS

         
   

341

Artistic And Literary Occupations

 
         
     

3411

Artists

     

3412

Authors, writers

     

3413

Actors, entertainers

     

3414

Dancers and choreographers

     

3415

Musicians

     

3416

Arts officers, producers and directors

         
   

342

Design Associate Professionals

 
         
     

3421

Graphic designers

     

3422

Product, clothing and related designers

         
   

343

Media Associate Professionals

 
         
     

3431

Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors

     

3432

Broadcasting associate professionals

     

3433

Public relations officers

     

3434

Photographers and audio-visual equipment operators

         
   

344

Sports And Fitness Occupations

 
         
     

3441

Sports players

     

3442

Sports coaches, instructors and officials

     

3443

Fitness instructors

     

3449

Sports and fitness occupations n.e.c.

         
 

35

   

BUSINESS AND PUBLIC SERVICE ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONALS

         
   

351

Transport Associate Professionals

 
         
     

3511

Air traffic controllers

     

3512

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

     

3513

Ship and hovercraft officers

     

3514

Train drivers

         
   

352

Legal Associate Professionals

 
         
     

3520

Legal associate professionals

         
   

353

Business And Finance Associate Professionals

 
         
     

3531

Estimators, valuers and assessors

     

3532

Brokers

     

3533

Insurance underwriters

     

3534

Finance and investment analysts/advisers

     

3535

Taxation experts

     

3536

Importers, exporters

     

3537

Financial and accounting technicians

     

3539

Business and related associate professionals n.e.c.

         
   

354

Sales And Related Associate Professionals

 
         
     

3541

Buyers and purchasing officers

     

3542

Sales representatives

     

3543

Marketing associate professionals

     

3544

Estate agents, auctioneers

         
   

355

Conservation Associate Professionals

 
         
     

3551

Conservation and environmental protection officers

     

3552

Countryside and park rangers

         
   

356

Public Service And Other Associate Professionals

 
         
     

3561

Public service associate professionals

     

3562

Personnel and industrial relations officers

     

3563

Vocational and industrial trainers and instructors

     

3564

Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialist

     

3565

Inspectors of factories, utilities and trading standards

     

3566

Statutory examiners

     

3567

Occupational hygienists and safety officers (health and safety)

     

3568

Environmental health officers

         

4

     

ADMINISTRATIVE AND SECRETARIAL OCCUPATIONS

         
 

41

   

ADMINISTRATIVE OCCUPATIONS

         
   

411

Administrative Occupations: Government And Related Organisations

 
         
     

4111

Civil Service executive officers

     

4112

Civil Service administrative officers and assistants

     

4113

Local government clerical officers and assistants

     

4114

Officers of non-governmental organisations

         
   

412

Administrative Occupations: Finance

 
         
     

4121

Credit controllers

     

4122

Accounts and wages clerks, book-keepers, other financial clerks

     

4123

Counter clerks

         
   

413

Administrative Occupations: Records

 
         
     

4131

Filing and other records assistants/clerks

     

4132

Pensions and insurance clerks

     

4133

Stock control clerks

     

4134

Transport and distribution clerks

     

4135

Library assistants/clerks

     

4136

Database assistants/clerks

     

4137

Market research interviewers

         
   

414

Administrative Occupations: Communications

 
         
     

4141

Telephonists

     

4142

Communication operators

         
   

415

Administrative Occupations: General

 
         
     

4150

General office assistants/clerks

         
 

42

   

SECRETARIAL AND RELATED OCCUPATIONS

         
   

421

Secretarial And Related Occupations

 
         
     

4211

Medical secretaries

     

4212

Legal secretaries

     

4213

School secretaries

     

4214

Company secretaries

     

4215

Personal assistants and other secretaries

     

4216

Receptionists

     

4217

Typists

         

5

     

SKILLED TRADES OCCUPATIONS

         
 

51

   

SKILLED AGRICULTURAL TRADES

         
   

511

Agricultural Trades

 
         
     

5111

Farmers

     

5112

Horticultural trades

     

5113

Gardeners and groundsmen/groundswomen

     

5119

Agricultural and fishing trades n.e.c.

         
 

52

   

SKILLED METAL AND ELECTRICAL TRADES

         
   

521

Metal Forming, Welding And Related Trades

 
         
     

5211

Smiths and forge workers

     

5212

Moulders, core makers, die casters

     

5213

Sheet metal workers

     

5214

Metal plate workers, shipwrights, riveters

     

5215

Welding trades

     

5216

Pipe fitters

         
   

522

Metal Machining, Fitting And Instrument Making Trades

 
         
     

5221

Metal machining setters and setter-operators

     

5222

Tool makers, tool fitters and markers-out

     

5223

Metal working production and maintenance fitters

     

5224

Precision instrument makers and repairers

         
   

523

Vehicle Trades

 
         
     

5231

Motor mechanics, auto engineers

     

5232

Vehicle body builders and repairers

     

5233

Auto electricians

     

5234

Vehicle spray painters

         
   

524

Electrical Trades

 
         
     

5241

Electricians, electrical fitters

     

5242

Telecommunications engineers

     

5243

Lines repairers and cable jointers

     

5244

TV, video and audio engineers

     

5245

Computer engineers, installation and maintenance

     

5249

Electrical/electronics engineers n.e.c.

         
 

53

   

SKILLED CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING TRADES

         
   

531

Construction Trades

 
         
     

5311

Steel erectors

     

5312

Bricklayers, masons

     

5313

Roofers, roof tilers and slaters

     

5314

Plumbers, heating and ventilating engineers

     

5315

Carpenters and joiners

     

5316

Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters

     

5319

Construction trades n.e.c.

         
   

532

Building Trades

 
         
     

5321

Plasterers

     

5322

Floorers and wall tilers

     

5323

Painters and decorators

         
 

54

   

TEXTILES, PRINTING AND OTHER SKILLED TRADES

         
   

541

Textiles And Garments Trades

 
         
     

5411

Weavers and knitters

     

5412

Upholsterers

     

5413

Leather and related trades

     

5414

Tailors and dressmakers

     

5419

Textiles, garments and related trades n.e.c.

         
   

542

Printing Trades

 
         
     

5421

Originators, compositors and print preparers

     

5422

Printers

     

5423

Bookbinders and print finishers

     

5424

Screen printers

         
   

543

Food Preparation Trades

 
         
     

5431

Butchers, meat cutters

     

5432

Bakers, flour confectioners

     

5433

Fishmongers, poultry dressers

     

5434

Chefs, cooks

         
   

549

Skilled Trades n. e. c.

 
         
     

5491

Glass and ceramics makers, decorators and finishers

     

5492

Furniture makers, other craft woodworkers

     

5493

Pattern makers (moulds)

     

5494

Musical instrument makers and tuners

     

5495

Goldsmiths, silversmiths, precious stone workers

     

5496

Floral arrangers, florists

     

5499

Hand craft occupations n.e.c.

         

6

     

PERSONAL SERVICE OCCUPATIONS

         
 

61

   

CARING PERSONAL SERVICE OCCUPATIONS

         
   

611

Healthcare And Related Personal Services

 
         
     

6111

Nursing auxiliaries and assistants

     

6112

Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)

     

6113

Dental nurses

     

6114

Houseparents and residential wardens

     

6115

Care assistants and home carers

         
   

612

Childcare And Related Personal Services

 
         
     

6121

Nursery nurses

     

6122

Childminders and related occupations

     

6123

Playgroup leaders/assistants

     

6124

Educational assistants

         
   

613

Animal Care Services

 
         
     

6131

Veterinary nurses and assistants

     

6139

Animal care occupations n.e.c.

         
 

62

   

LEISURE AND OTHER PERSONAL SERVICE OCCUPATIONS

         
   

621

Leisure And Travel Service Occupations

 
         
     

6211

Sports and leisure assistants

     

6212

Travel agents

     

6213

Travel and tour guides

     

6214

Air travel assistants

     

6215

Rail travel assistants

     

6219

Leisure and travel service occupations n.e.c.

         
   

622

Hairdressers And Related Occupations

 
         
     

6221

Hairdressers, barbers

     

6222

Beauticians and related occupations

         
   

623

Housekeeping Occupations

 
         
     

6231

Housekeepers and related occupations

     

6232

Caretakers

         
   

629

Personal Services Occupations n. e. c.

 
         
     

6291

Undertakers and mortuary assistants

     

6292

Pest control officers

         

7

     

SALES AND CUSTOMER SERVICE OCCUPATIONS

         
 

71

   

SALES OCCUPATIONS

   

711

Sales Assistants And Retail Cashiers

 
         
     

7111

Sales and retail assistants

     

7112

Retail cashiers and check-out operators

     

7113

Telephone salespersons

         
   

712

Sales Related Occupations

 
         
     

7121

Collector salespersons and credit agents

     

7122

Debt, rent and other cash collectors

     

7123

Roundsmen/women and van salespersons

     

7124

Market and street traders and assistants

     

7125

Merchandisers and window dressers

     

7129

Sales related occupations n.e.c.

         
 

72

   

CUSTOMER SERVICE OCCUPATIONS

         
   

721

Customer Service Occupations

 
         
     

7211

Call centre agents/operators

     

7212

Customer care occupations

         

8

     

PROCESS, PLANT AND MACHINE OPERATIVES

         
 

81

   

PROCESS, PLANT AND MACHINE OPERATIVES

         
   

811

Process Operatives

 
         
     

8111

Food, drink and tobacco process operatives

     

8112

Glass and ceramics process operatives

     

8113

Textile process operatives

     

8114

Chemical and related process operatives

     

8115

Rubber process operatives

     

8116

Plastics process operatives

     

8117

Metal making and treating process operatives

     

8118

Electroplaters

     

8119

Process operatives n.e.c.

         
   

812

Plant And Machine Operatives

 
         
     

8121

Paper and wood machine operatives

     

8122

Coal mine operatives

     

8123

Quarry workers and related operatives

     

8124

Energy plant operatives

     

8125

Metal working machine operatives

     

8126

Water and sewerage plant operatives

     

8129

Plant and machine operatives n.e.c.

         
   

813

Assemblers And Routine Operatives

 
         
     

8131

Assemblers (electrical products)

     

8132

Assemblers (vehicles and metal goods)

     

8133

Routine inspectors and testers

     

8134

Weighers, graders, sorters

     

8135

Tyre, exhaust and windscreen fitters

     

8136

Clothing cutters

     

8137

Sewing machinists

     

8138

Routine laboratory testers

     

8139

Assemblers and routine operatives n.e.c.

         
   

814

Construction Operatives

 
         
     

8141

Scaffolders, stagers, riggers

     

8142

Road construction operatives

     

8143

Rail construction and maintenance operatives

     

8149

Construction operatives n.e.c.

         
 

82

   

TRANSPORT AND MOBILE MACHINE DRIVERS AND OPERATIVES

         
   

821

Transport Drivers And Operatives

 
         
     

8211

Heavy goods vehicle drivers

     

8212

Van drivers

     

8213

Bus and coach drivers

     

8214

Taxi, cab drivers and chauffeurs

     

8215

Driving instructors

     

8216

Rail transport operatives

     

8217

Seafarers (merchant navy) barge, lighter and boat operatives

     

8218

Air transport operatives

     

8219

Transport operatives n.e.c.

         
   

822

Mobile Machine Drivers And Operatives

 
         
     

8221

Crane drivers

     

8222

Fork-lift truck drivers

     

8223

Agricultural machinery drivers

     

8229

Mobile machine drivers and operatives n.e.c.

         

9

     

ELEMENTARY OCCUPATIONS

         
 

91

   

ELEMENTARY TRADES, PLANT AND STORAGE RELATED OCCUPATIONS

         
   

911

Elementary Agricultural Occupations

 
         
     

9111

Farm workers

     

9112

Forestry workers

     

9119

Fishing and agriculture related occupations n.e.c.

         
   

912

Elementary Construction Occupations

 
         
     

9121

Labourers in building and woodworking trades

     

9129

Labourers in other construction trades n.e.c.

         
   

913

Elementary Process Plant Occupations

 
         
     

9131

Labourers in foundries

     

9132

Industrial cleaning process occupations

     

9133

Printing machine minders and assistants

     

9134

Packers, bottlers, canners, fillers

     

9139

Labourers in process and plant operations n.e.c.

         
   

914

Elementary Goods Storage Occupations

 
         
     

9141

Stevedores, dockers and slingers

     

9149

Other goods handling and storage occupations n.e.c.

         
 

92

   

ELEMENTARY ADMINISTRATION AND SERVICE OCCUPATIONS

         
   

921

Elementary Administration Occupations

 
         
     

9211

Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers, couriers

     

9219

Elementary office occupations n.e.c.

         
   

922

Elementary Personal Services Occupations

 
         
     

9221

Hospital porters

     

9222

Hotel porters

     

9223

Kitchen and catering assistants

     

9224

Waiters, Waitresses

     

9225

Bar staff

     

9226

Leisure and theme park attendants

     

9229

Elementary personal services occupations n.e.c.

         
   

923

Elementary Cleaning Occupations

 
         
     

9231

Window cleaners

     

9232

Road sweepers

     

9233

Cleaners, domestics

     

9234

Launderers, dry cleaners, pressers

     

9235

Refuse and salvage occupations

     

9239

Elementary cleaning occupations n.e.c.

         
   

924

Elementary Security Occupations

 
         
     

9241

Security guards and related occupations

     

9242

Traffic wardens

     

9243

School crossing patrol attendants

     

9244

School mid-day assistants

     

9245

Car park attendants

     

9249

Elementary security occupations n.e.c.

         
   

925

Elementary Sales Occupations

 
         
     

9251

Shelf fillers

     

9259

Elementary sales occupations n.e.c.