Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 245 Show data context 281 Show data context 323 Show data context
1971 720 Show data context 310 Show data context 310 Show data context
1981 190 Show data context 140 Show data context 200 Show data context
1991 200 Show data context 200 Show data context 280 Show data context
2001 102 Show data context 441 Show data context 114 Show data context
2011 107 Show data context 416 Show data context 114 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.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

URL: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit/10168491/cube/SOCIAL_GRADE

Date accessed: 18th October 2021