Theme: Industry

Themes are used in the Vision of Britain system to organise all our statistical data into a small number of broad categories, often identified by icons on the web site.

Theme (T)
Even the first census of 1801 divided the population into those 'chiefly employed in agriculture', those 'chiefly employed in trade, manufacturers or handicraft', and others. From 1841 onwards, information was gathered on each person's occupation and this formed the basis for very detailed tables. The 1841 occupational tables, used here, listed over 3,000 different occupational titles. This was partly because no advance plans had been made for dealing with the enormous range of job titles people gave, but by 1881 the more organised classification used in the county level tables covered 414 categories. Unfortunately, because of the need to reorganise these statistics into different areas, for 1971 to 1991 we must work with data for over 10,000 wards, and only a very simple industrial classification is available for these. We therefore present long-run industrial change using just six broad sectors.

In general, early census reports applied just one classification to occupations, which led to three separate issues getting mixed up: social status, what the individual worker did, and what their employer's business was. Modern censuses have separate tables for each of these. NB our 1841 data are geographically crude, which results in some districts in the same county having identical figures.

Theme "Industry" is contained within:

The Database, which everything else is contained within:

Entity IDEntity Name
DB VoB Database

Theme "Industry" contains:

Rates, for mapping and for comparing areas :

Entity IDEntity Name
R_IND_SERV Services
R_IND_MAN Manufacturing
R_IND_AG Agriculture
R_IND_MIN Mining
R_IND_CON Construction
R_IND_AG_1831 Agriculture (1831 definition)
R_IND_MAN_1831 Manufacturing (1831 definition)
R_IND_RET_1831 Retailing & Handicraft (1831 definition)

Datasets or nCubes, containing the actual data :

Entity IDEntity Name
N_INDUSTRY_GEN Standardised Industry Data
N_INDUSTRY_TOT Total employed in all industries
N_SIC1968_SEX Standardised Industrial Classification (1968) by Sex
N_CAM_SECTOR Working age population by Sector
N_OCC_PAR1831 Males aged 20 & over, in 9 occupational categories
N_OCC_PAR1831_SIMP Males aged 20 & over, in four industrial categories
N_OCC_ORD1921 Persons of Working Age by Sex & 1921 Occupational Order
N_OCC_ORD1931 Persons of Working Age by Sex & 1931 Occupational Order
N_OCC_ORD1951 Persons of Working Age by Sex & 1951 Occupational Order
N_IND_BOOTH1841_SEC Occupation data classified by the Booth main sectors plus sex
N_IND_BOOTH1841 Occupation data classified by the Booth system plus sex & age
N_OCC_RAW1841 Unclassified occupations, categorised by sex & age
N_OCC_ORDER1881 Occupation data classified into the 24 1881 'Orders', plus sex
N_OCC_RAW1881 Detailed 1881 occupational statistics, by gender

Variable Groups, bringing together related variables :

Entity IDEntity Name
VG_OCC Occupation
VG_IND Industry

Variables, defining what data was gathered for :

Entity IDEntity Name
V_INDUSTRY_TOT Employed in all Industries
V_CAM_SECTOR Cambridge Group Industrial Sector