Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 29,376 Show data context 103,718 Show data context 61,554 Show data context
1971 42,867 Show data context 114,887 Show data context 41,738 Show data context
1981 53,324 Show data context 106,829 Show data context 42,048 Show data context
1991 63,731 Show data context 89,982 Show data context 40,209 Show data context
2001 57,750 Show data context 116,402 Show data context 60,612 Show data context
2011 53,370 Show data context 131,261 Show data context 60,990 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, Nottinghamshire through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 05th August 2020