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371 Database

The '371 Database' is the name given to a database of information organised by the unit group structure of the 1990 Standard Occupational Classification. There are 371 occupation unit groups in this classification, hence the name for the database. Under certain conditions (detailed below), you can download the files, which can be viewed in Microsoft Excel. The files are compressed and can be kept that way on your hard disk. When all files are expanded they will occupy some 50 Mbytes.

The database was constructed as part of the work undertaken by the IER in the course of the development of a new social classification for the UK. This development work, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is described in detail in:

D. Rose and K. O'Reilly (eds.) (1997).
"Constructing Classes: Towards a new social classification for the UK"
Swindon: Economic and Social Research Council/Office for National Statistics.

The 371 database is described in detail in this publication,
available from booksellers or by direct order from:

Publications Secretary
ESRC Centre on Microsocial Change
University of Essex
Essex C04 3SQ

Tel: +(0) 1206 872645 or Email:


Further information can be obtained from Professor Peter Elias at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick or Abigail McKnight at London School of Economics