England and Wales Census 2021 - Occupations of those in employment, by local area, working pattern, employment status and disability status

Census 2021 occupation data for people aged 16 years and older and in employment, to a detailed level (4-digit Standard Occupational Classification), is part of The occupations and industries most dependent on older and younger workers: March 2021, a release of results from the 2021 Census for England and Wales. Figures may differ slightly in future releases because of the impact of removing rounding and applying further statistical processes.

Some shorthand may be used in this workbook. Individual estimates suppressed with "[c]" relate to statistics based on a small number of respondents (< 10). Such values have been suppressed on quality grounds and to maintain confidentiality.

Armed forces personnel and defence employees are included in the census and recorded as usually resident using the standard definitions. The instructions given to personnel on how to respond to the census mean that this group cannot be reliably identified in census data on industry and occupation. Information on the size and characteristics of the UK armed forces population is produced by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Part-time workers are defined as those that worked 30 hours or fewer a week. Full-time workers are defined as those that worked 31 hours or more a week.

Quality assurance information can be found here


Occupation is classified using the Standard Occupation Classification 2020 version. Details can be found here.


Industry is classified using the Standard Industrial Classifications 2007 version. Details can be found here.


This is someone’s age on their last birthday on Census Day, 21 March 2021 in England and Wales.


People who assessed their day-to-day activities as limited by long-term physical or mental health conditions or illnesses are considered disabled. This definition of a disabled person meets the harmonised standard for measuring disability and is in line with the Equality Act (2010).

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Last Updated June 2, 2023, 13:57 (BST)
Created June 2, 2023, 13:57 (BST)
Visibility Public
Year 2021
Topics Demography
Labour market
Units Persons
Geographic Layer Countries
Local Authorities
Lower Tier Local Authorities
Upper Tier Local Authorities
Frequency Decennial
DOI https://doi.org/10.5257/census/aggregate-2021-1
Citation Office for National Statistics; National Records of Scotland; Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency; UK Data Service. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5257/census/aggregate-2021-1
Geographical Coverage Location England and Wales
Granularity Country level down to LTLA level
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