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Proficiency in spoken English

Mnemonic (reference code): LANGPRF

Note: This variable is also listed under the titles 'English language proficiency, spoken' and 'Language proficiency, spoken English'

Type: Primary variable

Definition: LANGPRF refers to how proficient people are in spoken English. People are asked to self-assess how well they can speak English and choose from the options 'Very well', 'Well', 'Not well' and 'Not at all'.

Applicability: Person


Output Area 2011

The smallest Census Area used, NRS created Output Areas (OAs) for the 2011 Census to allow comparability with OAs for the 2001 Census. The OAs were created as groups of postcodes nesting as well as possible into the following areas: Council Area (CA), and 2010 locality.

Any area for which Census output is produced is the aggregation of Output Areas (OAs) that approximate best to the area.

Postcode Sector

Census data is not available for postcode sectors because their boundaries do not follow council area boundaries. Therefore, census-specific postcode sectors are created for census output to ensure that the sectors conform to a minimum threshold and also do not cross council area boundaries.

Position in establishment

Mnemonic (reference code): POSITION

Type: Primary variable

Definition: A usual resident of a communal establishment is either a resident of the establishment, a member of staff who is resident in the establishment, or a family member of staff that are resident in the establishment.

Applicability: Person


Persons per room, number in household

Mnemonic reference (code): PPROOMHUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: The number of persons per room is equal to the number of usual residents in a household divided by the number of rooms in that household’s accommodation.

The definition of a room does not include bathrooms, toilets, halls or landings, or rooms that can only be used for storage. All other rooms, for example kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, utility rooms, studies and conservatories are counted.

People limited by a long-term health problem or disability, number in household

Mnemonic reference (code): ILLHUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: A long-term health problem or disability is one that limits a person's day-to-day activities and has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months. This includes problems that are related to old age. People were asked to assess whether their daily activities were limited a lot or a little by such a health problem, or whether their daily activities were not limited at all.

Applicability: Household

Occupancy status

Mnemonic reference (code): OCCUPANCY STATUS

Type: Derived variable

Definition: This variable provides information as to whether an unoccupied household space is a second or holiday home or is a vacant household space.  It is based on information provided by the enumerator, and also information on the household questionnaire. The enumerator is not asked to differentiate between second homes and holiday homes so they cannot be distinguished in output.


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