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Population Statistics

Volume 114: debated on Thursday 9 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will express by sex the percentage of the Scottish population in each socio-economic group.

The latest information available comes from the 1981 census of population and is as follows:

Percentage of economically active persons in each socio-economic group, by sex, Scotland, 1981
Socio-economic groupPercentages
1 Employers and managers in central and local government, industry, commerce, etc.—large establishments5·72·4
2 Employers and managers in industry, commerce, etc.—small establishments5·62·6
3 Professional workers—self-employed0·80·1
4 Professional workers—employees4·20·9
5.1 Ancillary workers and artists6·114·4
5.2 Foremen and supervisors—non-manual0·71·0
6 Junior non-manual workers8·535·7
7 Personal service workers1·413·4
8 Foremen and supervisors—manual3·80·7
9 Skilled manual workers29·24·2
10 Semi-skilled manual workers14·010·0
11 Unskilled manual workers7·38·1
12 Own account workers (other than professional)3·11·0
13 Farmers—employers and managers1·00·1
14 Farmers—own account0·80·1
15 Agricultural workers2·00·4
16 Members of armed forces1·40·1
17 Inadequately described occupations4·34·7

Source: 1981 census of population (10 per cent. sample).

Note: The sum of the percentages may not be 100 due to rounding.