LS variable metadata
Variable: ECOP0
Table: ME01
Short description: Economic activity. 2001.
Full description: This derived variable is created using information from questions 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and the question on Hours Worked (see HOUP0) and Employment Type (EMTP0). The classification is based on the International Labour Office (ILO) definition of economic activity, and is an ONS harmonised survey classification.
Coding notes: The full classification given below provides detailed economic activity information for all economically active full-time students.
Applicability : All people aged between 16 and 74 years, UK

Coding scheme

ValueMeaning
1Economically Active (excluding Full-time Students), In Employment, Employee, Part-time
2Economically Active (excluding Full-time Students), In Employment, Employee, Full-time
3Economically Active (excluding Full-time Students), In Employment, Self-employed with employees, Part-time
4Economically Active (excluding Full-time Students), In Employment, Self-employed with employees, Full-time
5Economically Active (excluding Full-time Students), In Employment, Self-employed without employees, Part-time
6Economically Active (excluding Full-time Students), In Employment, Self-employed without employees, Full-time
7Economically Active (excluding Full-time Students), Unemployed, Seeking work and ready to start in 2 weeks,
8Economically Active (excluding Full-time Students), Unemployed, Waiting to start a job already obtained and available to start within 2 weeks
9Economically Active Full-time Students, In Employment, Employee, Part-time
10Economically Active Full-time Students, In Employment, Employee, Full-time
11Economically Active Full-time Students, In Employment, Self-employed with employees, Part-time
12Economically Active Full-time Students, In Employment, Self-employed with employees, Full-time
13Economically Active Full-time Students, In Employment, Self-employed without employees, Part-time
14Economically Active Full-time Students, In Employment, Self-employed without employees, Full-time
15Economically Active Full-time Students, Unemployed, Seeking work and ready to start in 2 weeks
16Economically Active Full-time Students, Unemployed, Waiting to start a job already obtained and available to start within 2 weeks
17Economically Inactive, Retired
18Economically Inactive, Student
19Economically Inactive, Looking after home/family
20Economically Inactive, Permanently sick/disabled
21Economically Inactive, Other
-6Missing (unable to derive due to initial extract only input record)
-9No code required

Notes: As well as inevitable differences between a census and surveys, minor differences include the definition of part-time and full-time, and the sub-categorisation of economically inactive. For the Census, part-time is defined as working 30 hours or less, whereas for the harmonised output classification, part-time status is self-assessed. 'In employment' includes people on Government Sponsored Training Schemes.
Units of measurement:  
Source: 2001 Census.
Former name of variable: ECOPUK
Derived: Y
Derivation: Not available
Subject:  
Date range:  
Keyword:  
Classification: ECONPOS01 
Comparable variables for other individuals: NECOP0,ACTLW0
Comparable variables for other times: ECONP7,ECONACT8,ECONPO9,ECONPO89
Restricted: N
Data type: Numeric
Length of field: 2
Reference 1: 2001 Census Appendix 44