The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) is a recognised framework that enables all UK occupations to be classified according to skill level and specialisation.  Some SOC users have expressed a need for a greater level of detail than is currently available.  In response to this, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is working with Warwick University’s Institute for Employment Research (IER) to launch a user engagement exercise looking at the level and nature of requirements.  For now, the remit of this work remains exploratory.  There are no plans currently to publish statistics to this more detailed level as it is unlikely there will be availability of large enough sample sizes to make the new job groups statistically viable.

Your insight will however play a crucial role in contributing to the development of the framework.

The survey will remain open until Sept 30th 2019. Analysis of returns will be undertaken throughout the exercise period, with follow up engagement stemming from responses made taking place as required.

More information on the project can be viewed at

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