Socio-economic Classification (NS-SeC)
NSSPUK

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 to 74 who have ever worked, UK

1

Class 1 (Higher Managerial and Professional Occupations)

   
       

1.1

Large employers and higher managerial occupations

   
 

L1 Employers in large organisations

 

01

 

L2 Higher managerial

 

02

       

1.2

L3 Higher professional occupations

   
 
L3.1 'Traditional' employees
 

03

 
L3.2 'New' employees
 

04

 
L3.3 'Traditional' self employed
 

05

 
L3.4 'New' self employed
 

06

       

2

Class 2 (Lower managerial and professional occupations)

   
       
 

L4 Lower professional and higher technical occupations

   
 
L4.1;'Traditional' employees
 

07

 
L4.2;'New' employees
 

08

 
L4.3 'Traditional' self employed;
 

09

 
L4.4 'New' self employed
 

10

 

L5 Lower managerial occupations

 

11

 

L6 Higher supervisory occupations

 

12

       

3

Class 3 (Intermediate Occupations)

   
       
 
L7.1;Intermediate clerical and administrative
 

13

 
L7.2;Intermediate sales and service
 

14

 
L7.3;Intermediate technical and auxiliary
 

15

 
L7.4;Intermediate engineering
 

16

       

4

Class 4 (Small Employers and Own Account Workers)

   
       
 

L8;Employers in small organisations

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

17

 
L8.2;Employers in small organisations (agriculture)
 

18

 

L9;Own account workers

   
 
L9.1;Own account workers (non- professional)
 

19

 
L9.2;Own account workers (agriculture)
 

20

 

L9.2;Own account workers (agriculture)

   
       

5

Class 5 (Lower Supervisory and technical occupations)

   
 

L10; Lower supervisory occupations

 

21

 

L11 Lower technical occupations

   
 
L11.1 Lower technical craft
 

22

 
L11.2 Lower technical process operative
 

23

       

6

Class 6 (Semi-routine Occupations)

   
       
 
L12.1 Semi-routine sales
 

24

 
L12.2 Semi-routine service
 

25

 
L12.3 Semi-routine technical
 

26

 
L12.4 Semi-routine operative
 

27

 
L12.5 Semi-routine agricultural
 

28

 
L12.6 Semi-routine clerical
 

29

 
L12.7 Semi-routine childcare
 

30

       

7

Class 7 (Routine Occupations)

   
       
 
L13.1; Routine sales and service
 

31

 
L13.2 Routine production
 

32

 
L13.3 Routine technical
 

33

 
L13.4 Routine operative
 

34

 
L13.5 Routine agricultural
 

35

       

8

Class 8 (Never worked and long-term unemployed)

   
       
 
L14.1;Never worked
   
 
L14.2;Long-term unemployed
   
       

Not classified

     
       
 

L15;Full-time students

   
 

L17;Not classifiable for other reasons

   
       

XX

Not applicable

   
       
       
       



Total number of categories: 40

Not applicable category comprises:

- people aged 15 and under, or aged 75 years and over
- people who have never worked