Derived variables: economic activity in 2001


Name of derived variable: EPSCLAS0
Variable label: Combined economic position and social class at 2001 Census
Categories: 1 "Professionals"
2 "Managers"
3 "Skilled non-manual"
4 "Skilled manual"
5 "Part skilled manual"
6 "Unskilled"
7 "Armed forces"
8 (not used)
9 "Unemployed - economically active"
10 "In education (students and all aged <15)"
11 "Housewives/husbands"
12 "Other inactive"
Derived from: ROSERG0, ECOP80 (both in ME01)
ROSERG0 is an approximation to Registrar General's Social Class; this was replaced in the 2001 Census by NS-SEC but the variable ROSERG0 was derived to provide a measure comparable with previous Censuses for longitudinal analysis.
NB use ROSERG0 not ROSERG (which is in ADDME01).
Study group: People aged 16-74 at 2001 Census. For example, all cases in table CORE1 for whom DOBYR is between 1926 and 1986, and for whom HISCEN01 (presence at 2001 Census) is 1 or 2.
Exclusions: Apart from people not aged 16-74 at the 2001 Census, students not at their term-time address were not asked about economic activity or occupation and will be missing at this variable.
Imputations: The code sets EPSCLAS0 to missing if economic activity has been imputed.
Other censuses: Compatible with EPSCLAS8 and EPSCLAS9
Notes: Expands economic activity by specifying social class for people in full or part time work. In ECOP80, unlike ECOP0, students are coded as students irrespective of other economic activity.
Current unemployment takes precedence over status of previous job. It is therefore more a snapshot of a person’s work-related circumstances at a particular moment than a longer-term assessment of class.

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Last modified 29 April 2009