LS variable metadata
Variable: NSSEC9
Table: ME91
Short description: National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NSSeC). 1991.
Full description: NS-SEC using 1991 occupations coded to SOC90
Coding notes: Coded to operational categories and sub-categories. Analytic categories are formed by combining operational categories and sub-categories.
1.1 - Large employers and higher managerial occupations - 1.0,2.0
1.2 - Higher professional occupations - 3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
2 - Lower managerial and professional occupations - 4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,5,6
3 - Intermediate occupations - 7.1,7.2,7.3,7.4
4 - Small employers and own account workers - 8.1,8.2,9.1,9.2
5 - Lower supervisory and technical occupations - 10,11.1,11.2
6 - Semi-routine occupations -12.1,12.2,12.3,12.4,12.5,12.6,12.7
7 - Routine occupations - 13.1,13.2,13.3,13.4,13.5

Coding scheme

ValueMeaning
-9Missing (full-time student, never worked, long-term unemployed, inadequately described, other)
11 Employers in large organisations
22 Higher managerial occupations
33.1 Higher professional occupations (traditional) - employees
43.2 Higher professional occupations (new) - employees
53.3 Higher professional occupations (traditional) - self-employed
63.4 Higher professional occupations (new) - self-employed
74.1 Lower professional and higher technical occupations (traditional) - employees
84.2 Lower professional and higher technical occupations (new) - employees
94.3 Lower professional and higher technical occupations (traditional) - self-employed
104.4 Lower professional and higher technical occupations (new) - self-employed
115 Lower managerial occupations
126 Higher supervisory occupations
137.1 Intermediate clerical and administrative
147.2 Intermediate sales and service
157.3 Intermediate technical and auxiliary
167.4 Intermediate engineering
178.1 Employers (small organisations, non-professional)
188.2 Employers (small - agriculture)
199.1 Own account workers (non-professional)
209.2 Own account workers (agriculture)
2110 Lower supervisory occupations
2211.1 Lower technical craft
2311.2 Lower technical process operative
2412.1 Semi-routine sales
2512.2 Semi-routine service
2612.3 Semi-routine technical
2712.4 Semi-routine operative
2812.5 Semi-routine agricultural
2912.6 Semi-routine clerical
3012.7 Semi-routine childcare
3113.1 Routine sales and service
3213.2 Routine production
3313.3 Routine technical
3413.4 Routine operative
3513.5 Routine agricultural

Notes: Applicability: People aged 16 and over who had worked in the last 10 years
The missing categories available for 2001 NSSEC (e.g. long-term unemployed) cannot be constructed using 1991 data.
Units of measurement:  
Source: 1991 Census.
Former name of variable:  
Derived: Y
Derivation: Source variables:
EMPST9, SOC909, INDSIZE9
Official ONS lookup for deriving NS-SEC based on SOC90 using the Full Method to derive NS-SEC Operational Categories. Closed derivation.
Subject:  
Date range:  
Keyword: Socio-economic
Classification:  
Comparable variables for other individuals: NNSSEC9
Comparable variables for other times: NSSP0
Restricted: N
Data type: Numeric
Length of field: 2
Reference 1: 2001 Census Appendix 75
Reference 2: NS-SEC Derivation Tables