Employment status

Mnemonic reference (code): EMPSTAT

Type: Primary variable

Definition: Indicates whether a person is an employee, self-employed without employees or self-employed with employees.

Applicability: Person

Classification:

Code Name
1 Employee
2 Self-employed or freelance without employees
3 Self-employed with employees
X No code required

Total number of categories: 4

Not applicable category (X) comprises: All schoolchildren and students living away from home during term-time, all those aged under 16 and all those aged 16 and over who are not in employment.

Source question:

Image of Scottish question 31 from 2011

England & Wales (2011) and Scotland (2001) comparisons:

Image of Scottish question 26 from 2001

Scotland 2001

Aside from a change in wording and the order of the tick boxes, the question remains similar and should be comparable to the 2011 question.

Image of England & Wales question 26 from 2001

England & Wales 2011

England & Wales have exactly the same question in their 2011 questionnaire as Scotland and will therefore be directly comparable.

Tables:

To see which of our published standard, additional and commissioned tables use this variable please use the Table Index.