Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 83,931 Show data context 279,365 Show data context 184,642 Show data context
1971 83,775 Show data context 221,913 Show data context 143,992 Show data context
1981 88,675 Show data context 190,420 Show data context 113,093 Show data context
1991 88,454 Show data context 142,706 Show data context 72,673 Show data context
2001 85,777 Show data context 191,385 Show data context 126,531 Show data context
2011 76,224 Show data context 226,782 Show data context 130,655 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, Merseyside Met.C through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th July 2024