LS variable metadata
Variable: NOPOCST8
Table: NM81
Short description: Operational occupation code (stats). 1981.

Variable coded as: OPOCCST8
Table: ME81
Short description: Operational occupation code (statistics code). 1981
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Coding notes:  

Coding scheme

ValueMeaning
1Judges, Barristers, Advocates, Solicitors
2Chartered and certified accountants
3Cost and works accountants
4Estimators
5Valuers, claims assessors
6Financial managers
7Underwriters, brokers, investment analysts
8Taxation experts
9Personnel and industrial relations officers
10O and M, work study and OR officers
11Economists, statisticians, actuaries
12Systems analysts, computer programmers
13Marketing and sales managers and executives
14Advertising and PR executives
15Buyers (retail trade)
16Buyers and purchasing officers (not retail)
17Environmental health officers
18Building inspectors
19Inspectors (statutory and similar)
20General administrators - national government (Assistant Secretary level and above)
21General administrators - national government (HEO to Senior Principal level)
22Local government officers (administrative and executive functions)
23Company secretaries
24Officials of trade associations, trade unions, professional bodies and charities
25Property and estate managers
26Librarians, information officers
27Legal service and related occupations
28Management consultants
29Managers' personal assistants
30Professional workers and related supporting management and administration nec
31University academic staff
32Teachers in establishments for further and higher education
33Teachers nec
34Vocational and industrial trainers
35Education officers, school inspectors
36Social and behavioural scientists
37Matrons, houseparents
38Playgroup leaders
39Welfare occupations nec
40Clergy, ministers of religion
41Medical practitioners
42Dental practitioners
43Nurse administrators, nurses
44Pharmacists
45Medical radiographers
46Ophthalmic and dispensing opticians
47Physiotherapists
48Chiropodists
49Therapists nec
50Medical technicians, dental auxiliaries
51Veterinarians
52Driving instructors (not HGV)
53Professional and related in education, welfare and health nec
54Authors, writers, journalists
55Artists, commercial artists
56Industrial designers (not clothing)
57Clothing designers
58Window dressers
59Actors, entertainers, singers, stage managers
61Photographers, cameraman
62Sound and vision equipment operators
63Professional sportsmen, sports officials
64Literary, artistic and sports workers nec
65Biological scientists, biochemists
66Chemical scientists
67Physical and geological scientists, mathematicians
68Civil, structural, municipal, mining and quarrying engineers
69Mechanical and aeronautical engineers
70Design and development engineers (mechanical)
71Electrical engineers
72Electronic engineers
73Chemical engineers
74Production engineers
75Planning and quality control engineers
76Engineers nec
77Metallurgists
78Technologists nec
79Draughtsmen
80Laboratory technicians
81Engineering technicians, technician engineers
82Architects, town planners
83Quantity surveyors
84Building, land and mining surveyors
85Aircraft flight deck officers
86Air traffic planners and controllers
87Deck, engineering and radio officers and pilots, ship
88Architectural and town planning technicians
89Building and civil engineering technicians
90Technical and related workers nec
91Production, works and maintenance managers, works foremen
92Managers in building and contracting
93Clerks of work
94Managers in mining and public utilities
95Transport managers
96Stores controllers
97Managers in warehousing and materials handling nec
98Credit controllers
99Office managers nec
100Garage proprietors
101Other proprietors and managers (sales)
102Hotel and residential club managers
103Publicans
104Restaurateurs
105Club stewards
106Entertainment and sports managers
107Farmers, horticulturists, farm managers
108Prison officers (chief officers and above)
109Proprietors and managers, service flats, holiday flats, caravan sites, etc
110Managers of laundry and dry cleaning receiving shops
111Managers nec
112Civil service executive officers
113Stores and despatch clerks
114Tracers, drawing office assistants
115Other clerks and cashiers (not retail)
116Retail shop cashiers, check-out and cash and wrap operators
117Receptionists
118Typists, shorthand writers, secretaries
119Office machine operators
120Telephonist receptionists
121Telephone operators
122Radio and telegraph operators
123Postmen, mail sorters
124Messengers
125Shop salesmen and assistants
126Shelf fillers
127Petrol pump, forecourt attendants
128Roundsmen, van salesmen
129Importers, exporters, commodity brokers
130Market and street traders and assistants
131Scrap dealers, general dealers, rag and bone merchants
132Credit agents, collector salesmen
133Sales representatives
134Sales representatives (property and services), other agents
135Armed forces (UK) Officers and other ranks
136Armed forces (Foreign and commonwealth) Officers and other ranks
137Police officers and men
138Fire service officers and men
139Prison service (below chief officer)
140Security guards and officers, patrolmen, watchmen
141Traffic wardens
142Security and protective service workers nec
143Chefs, cooks
144Waiters, waitresses
145Barmen, barmaids
146Counter hands, assistants
147Kitchen porters, hands
148Housekeepers (non-domestic)
149Domestic housekeepers
150Nursery nurses
151Other domestic and school helpers
152Travel stewards and attendants
153Hospital porters
154Hotel porters
155Ambulancement
156Hospital ward orderlies
157Caretakers
158Cleaners, window cleaners, chimney sweeps, road sweepers
159Hairdressers, barbers
160Railway stationmen
161Lift and car park attendants
162Launderers, dry cleaners, pressers
163Undertakers
164Bookmakers, betting shop managers
165Service workers nec
166Farm workers
167Horticultural workers
168Gardeners, groundsmen
169Agricultural machinery drivers, operators
170Forestry workers
171Fishermen
172All other in farming and related
173Tannery production workers
174Shoe repairers
175Leather cutters and sewers, footwear lasters, makers, finishers
176Preparatory fibre processors
177Spinners, doublers, twisters
178Winders, reelers
179Warp preparers
180Weavers
181Knitters
182Bleachers, dyers, finishers
183Menders, darners
184Chemical, gas and petroleum process plant operators
185Bakers, flour confectioners
186Butchers, meat cutters
187Fishmongers, poultry dressers
188Paper, paperboard and leatherboard workers
189Bookbinders and finishers
190Cutting and slitting machine operators (paper and paper products making)
191Glass and ceramics furnacemen, kilnsetters
192Glass formers and shapers, finishers, decorators
193Casters and other pottery makers
194Rubber process workers, moulding machine operators, tyre builders
195Calender and extruding machine operators, moulders (plastics)
196Man-made fibre makers
197Brewery and vinery process workers
198Washers, screeners and crushers in mines and quarries
199Textiles
200Bakery and confectionery workers
201Tobacco
202Food and drink nec
203Wood and paper
204All other (excluding metal) nec
205Compositors
206Electrotypers, stereotypers, printing plate and cylinder preparers
207Printing machine minders and assistants
208Screen and block printers
209Printers (so described)
210Tailors, tailoresses, dressmakers
211Clothing cutters, milliners, furriers
212Sewers, embroiderers
213Coach trimmers, upholsterers, mattress makers
214Carpenters, joiners
215Cabinet makers
216Case and box makers
217Pattern makers (moulds)
218Sawyers, Veneer cutters, woodworking machinists
219Labourers and mates to woodworking craftsmen
220Dental technicians
221Carpet fitters
222Musical instrument makers, piano tuners
223Glass and ceramics
224Wood
225Leather
226Clothing and related products
227Paper goods and printing
228Rubber
229Plastics
230All other (excluding metal and electrical) nec
231Furnace operating occupations (metal)
232Rollermen
233Smiths, forgemen
234Metal drawers
235Moulders, coremakers die casters
236Electroplaters
237Annealers, hardeners, temperers (metal)
238Press and machine tool setters
239Centre lathe turners
240Machine tool setter operators
241Machine tool operators
242Press, stamping and automatic machine operators
243Metal polishers
244Fettlers, dressers
245Tool makers, tool fitters, markers-out
246Precision instrument makers and repairers
247Watch and chronometer makers and repairers
248Metal working production fitters and fitter/machinists
249Motor mechanics, auto engineers
250Maintenance fitters (aircraft engines)
251Office machinery mechanics
252Production fitters (electrical, electronic)
253Electricians, electrical maintenance fitters
254Electrical engineers (so described)
255Plant operators and attendants nec
256Telephone fitters
257Cable jointers, linesmen
258Radio and TV mechanics
259Other electronic maintenance engineers
260Plumbers, heating and ventilating fitters, gas fitters
261Sheet metal workers
262Metal plate workers, shipwright, riveters
263Steel erectors, benders, fixers
264Scaffolders, stagers
265Welders
266Goldsmiths, silversmiths, precious stone workers
267Engravers, ethers (printing)
268Coach and vehicle body builders
269Galvanizers, tin platers, dip platers
270Metal making and treating workers nec
271Oilers, greasers, lubricators
272Riggers
273Electronics wiremen
274Coil winders
275Shot blasters
276Other metal, jewellery, electrical production workers
277Foremen (engineering and allied trades)
278Trainee craftsmen (engineering and allied trades)
279Pottery decorators
280Coach painters (so described)
281Other spray painters
282Painters and decorators nec, french polishers
283Assemblers (electrical, electronic)
284Instrument assemblers
285Assemblers (vehicle and other metal goods)
286Inspectors, viewers (metal, electrical goods)
287Packers, bottlers, canners, fillers
288Laboratory assistants Inspectors, viewers, examiners -
289Textiles
290Food
291Rubber goods
292Plastic goods
293Woodwork
294Inspectors, sorters in paper production, processing and printing
295Assemblers in paper production, processing and printing
296Assemblers (plastic goods)
297Weighers
298Graders, sorters, selectors nec
299Painting, assembling and related occupations nec
300Bricklayers, tile setters
301Masons, stone cutters
302Plasterers
303Roofers, glaziers
304Handymen, general building workers
305Builders (so described)
306Railway lengthmen
307Road surfacers, concreters
308Roadmen
309Paviors, kerb layers
310Sewage plant attendants
311Mains and service layers, pipe jointers
312Craftsmen's mates
313Building and civil engineering labourers
314Face-trained coalmining workers
315Miners (not coal), quarrymen, well drillers
316Construction workers nec
317Deck, engine-room hands, bargemen, lightermen, boatmen
318Other foremen rail transport
319Drivers, motormen, secondmen, railway engines
320Railway guards
321Signalmen and crossing keepers, railway
322Shunters pointsmen
323Bus inspectors
324Other foremen road transport
325Bus and coach drivers
326Drivers of road goods vehicle
327Other mother deivers
328Bus conductors
329Drivers' mates
330Mechanical plant drivers, operators (earth moving and civil engineering)
331Crane drivers, operators
332Fork lift, mechanical truck drivers
333Storekeepers, warehousemen
334Stevedores, dockers
335Goods porters
336Refuse collectors, dustmen
337Slingers
338Workers in transport operating, materials moving the storing and related nec
339Labourers and unskilled workers nec - Textiles (not textile goods)
340Chemicals and allied trades
341Coke ovens and gas works
342Glass and ceramics
343Foundries in engineering and allied trades
344Engineering and allied trades
345Coal mines
346Other
347Boiler operators
348All other in miscellaneous occupation nec
349Inadequately described occupations
350Occupations not stated
360Student, at college, university - over 16 years of age
361Independent means, private means
362Physically or mentally handicapped
-9Not applicable (Person aged under 16 or 16 and over with no previous employment)

Notes:  
Units of measurement:  
Source: 1981 Census. Questions 10 and 12.
Former name of variable: OPOCCST
Derived: N
Derivation: Not available
Subject:  
Date range:  
Keyword: Occupation
Classification: CO80 
Comparable variables for other individuals:  
Comparable variables for other times:  
Restricted: N
Data type: Numeric
Length of field: 4
Reference 1: See LS Technical Volume (Hattersley and Creeser, 1995) pp. 295-296, page 39, page 62.
Reference 2: 1981 Census Appendix 8
Reference 3: 1981 Census Appendix 9