Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 217,407 Show data context 561,210 Show data context 336,763 Show data context
1971 345,769 Show data context 619,891 Show data context 316,632 Show data context
1981 433,588 Show data context 627,671 Show data context 278,581 Show data context
1991 522,305 Show data context 590,409 Show data context 266,311 Show data context
2001 470,970 Show data context 846,626 Show data context 355,075 Show data context
2011 438,235 Show data context 985,711 Show data context 386,454 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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Date accessed: 23rd May 2024