Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 32,899 Show data context 102,409 Show data context 64,212 Show data context
1971 50,859 Show data context 114,938 Show data context 49,307 Show data context
1981 63,768 Show data context 109,312 Show data context 46,265 Show data context
1991 75,102 Show data context 102,106 Show data context 43,395 Show data context
2001 64,960 Show data context 131,185 Show data context 61,319 Show data context
2011 57,561 Show data context 144,548 Show data context 63,380 Show data context
Date: Source:
1951 - 2011 Census of Population

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We combine here modern census statistics, based on people's occupations but classified according to the Market Research Society's system of Social Grades, with historical data reported using the broadly equivalent Registrar-General's Social Classification. Combining the two systems means we have to merge professionals and managers into Grade A/B; cannot divide skilled and supervisory workers into manual and non-manual; and must merge unskilled and semi-skilled manual workers with those on benefits, etc. Limitatio...


ns of the data reported in 1951 mean we can report only on male workers.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Staffordshire through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

URL: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit/10091720/cube/SOCIAL_GRADE

Date accessed: 02nd June 2020