ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

Occupation Code: Field


Used to record the occupation of the learner if aged 21 or over at the start of the course, or the occupation of the learner's parent or guardian, if the learner is under 21. It can be derived from the UCAS admissions system for UCAS entrants.

Reason Required

To assess the levels and trends in participation by those from various occupational backgrounds. This information is used in projections and planning for the sector and analysis of trends in the take-up of Higher education.

Schema Definitions

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Maximum occurrences

Collection Requirements

  • Learners entering through UCAS

Attribute Codes

Code Title
0 Not stated
1 Information refused
7 Retired
8 Unemployed
9 Not known
1115 Chief executives and senior officials
1116 Elected officers and representatives
1121 Production managers and directors in manufacturing
1122 Production managers and directors in construction
1123 Production managers and directors in mining and energy
1131 Financial managers and directors
1132 Marketing and sales directors
1133 Purchasing managers and directors
1134 Advertising and public relations directors
1135 Human resource managers and directors
1136 Information technology and telecommunications directors
1139 Functional managers and directors n.e.c.
1150 Financial institution managers and directors
1161 Managers and directors in transport and distribution
1162 Managers and directors in storage and warehousing
1171 Officers in armed forces
1172 Senior police officers
1173 Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services
1181 Health services and public health managers and directors
1184 Social services managers and directors
1190 Managers and directors in retail and wholesale
1211 Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture
1213 Managers and proprietors in forestry, fishing and related services
1221 Hotel and accommodation managers and proprietors
1223 Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors
1224 Publicans and managers of licensed premises
1225 Leisure and sports managers
1226 Travel agency managers and proprietors
1241 Health care practice managers
1242 Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors
1251 Property, housing and estate managers
1252 Garage managers and proprietors
1253 Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors
1254 Shopkeepers and proprietors – wholesale and retail
1255 Waste disposal and environmental services managers
1259 Managers and proprietors in other services n.e.c.
2111 Chemical scientists
2112 Biological scientists and biochemists
2113 Physical scientists
2114 Social and humanities scientists
2119 Natural and social science professionals n.e.c.
2121 Civil engineers
2122 Mechanical engineers
2123 Electrical engineers
2124 Electronics engineers
2126 Design and development engineers
2127 Production and process engineers
2129 Engineering professionals n.e.c.
2133 IT specialist managers
2134 IT project and programme managers
2135 IT business analysts, architects and systems designers
2136 Programmers and software development professionals
2137 Web design and development professionals
2139 Information technology and telecommunications professionals n.e.c.
2141 Conservation professionals
2142 Environment professionals
2150 Research and development managers
2211 Medical practitioners
2212 Psychologists
2213 Pharmacists
2214 Ophthalmic opticians
2215 Dental practitioners
2216 Veterinarians
2217 Medical radiographers
2218 Podiatrists
2219 Health professionals n.e.c.
2221 Physiotherapists
2222 Occupational therapists
2223 Speech and language therapists
2229 Therapy professionals n.e.c.
2231 Nurses
2232 Midwives
2311 Higher education teaching professionals
2312 Further education teaching professionals
2314 Secondary education teaching professionals
2315 Primary and nursery education teaching professionals
2316 Special needs education teaching professionals
2317 Senior professionals of educational establishments
2318 Education advisers and school inspectors
2319 Teaching and other educational professionals n.e.c.
2412 Barristers and judges
2413 Solicitors
2419 Legal professionals n.e.c.
2421 Chartered and certified accountants
2423 Management consultants and business analysts
2424 Business and financial project management professionals
2425 Actuaries, economists and statisticians
2426 Business and related research professionals
2429 Business, research and administrative professionals n.e.c.
2431 Architects
2432 Town planning officers
2433 Quantity surveyors
2434 Chartered surveyors
2435 Chartered architectural technologists
2436 Construction project managers and related professionals
2442 Social workers
2443 Probation officers
2444 Clergy
2449 Welfare professionals n.e.c.
2451 Librarians
2452 Archivists and curators
2461 Quality control and planning engineers
2462 Quality assurance and regulatory professionals
2463 Environmental health professionals
2471 Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors
2472 Public relations professionals
2473 Advertising accounts managers and creative directors
3111 Laboratory technicians
3112 Electrical and electronics technicians
3113 Engineering technicians
3114 Building and civil engineering technicians
3115 Quality assurance technicians
3116 Planning, process and production technicians
3119 Science, engineering and production technicians n.e.c.
3121 Architectural and town planning technicians
3122 Draughtspersons
3131 IT operations technicians
3132 IT user support technicians
3213 Paramedics
3216 Dispensing opticians
3217 Pharmaceutical technicians
3218 Medical and dental technicians
3219 Health associate professionals n.e.c.
3231 Youth and community workers
3233 Child and early years officers
3234 Housing officers
3235 Counsellors
3239 Welfare and housing associate professionals n.e.c.
3311 NCOs and other ranks
3312 Police officers (sergeant and below)
3313 Fire service officers (watch manager and below)
3314 Prison service officers (below principal officer)
3315 Police community support officers
3319 Protective service associate professionals n.e.c.
3411 Artists
3412 Authors, writers and translators
3413 Actors, entertainers and presenters
3414 Dancers and choreographers
3415 Musicians
3416 Arts officers, producers and directors
3417 Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators
3421 Graphic designers
3422 Product, clothing and related designers
3441 Sports players
3442 Sports coaches, instructors and officials
3443 Fitness instructors
3511 Air traffic controllers
3512 Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
3513 Ship and hovercraft officers
3520 Legal associate professionals
3531 Estimators, valuers and assessors
3532 Brokers
3533 Insurance underwriters
3534 Finance and investment analysts and advisers
3535 Taxation experts
3536 Importers and exporters
3537 Financial and accounting technicians
3538 Financial accounts managers
3539 Business and related associate professionals n.e.c.
3541 Buyers and procurement officers
3542 Business sales executives
3543 Marketing associate professionals
3544 Estate agents and auctioneers
3545 Sales accounts and business development managers
3546 Conference and exhibition managers and organisers
3550 Conservation and environmental associate professionals
3561 Public services associate professionals
3562 Human resources and industrial relations officers
3563 Vocational and industrial trainers and instructors
3564 Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists
3565 Inspectors of standards and regulations
3567 Health and safety officers
4112 National government administrative occupations
4113 Local government administrative occupations
4114 Officers of non-governmental organisations
4121 Credit controllers
4122 Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks
4123 Bank and post office clerks
4124 Finance officers
4129 Financial administrative occupations n.e.c.
4131 Records clerks and assistants
4132 Pensions and insurance clerks and assistants
4133 Stock control clerks and assistants
4134 Transport and distribution clerks and assistants
4135 Library clerks and assistants
4138 Human resources administrative occupations
4151 Sales administrators
4159 Other administrative occupations n.e.c.
4161 Office managers
4162 Office supervisors
4211 Medical secretaries
4212 Legal secretaries
4213 School secretaries
4214 Company secretaries
4215 Personal assistants and other secretaries
4216 Receptionists
4217 Typists and related keyboard occupations
5111 Farmers
5112 Horticultural trades
5113 Gardeners and landscape gardeners
5114 Groundsmen and greenkeepers
5119 Agricultural and fishing trades n.e.c.
5211 Smiths and forge workers
5212 Moulders, core makers and die casters
5213 Sheet metal workers
5214 Metal plate workers, and riveters
5215 Welding trades
5216 Pipe fitters
5221 Metal machining setters and setter-operators
5222 Tool makers, tool fitters and markers-out
5223 Metal working production and maintenance fitters
5224 Precision instrument makers and repairers
5225 Air-conditioning and refrigeration engineers
5231 Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians
5232 Vehicle body builders and repairers
5234 Vehicle paint technicians
5235 Aircraft maintenance and related trades
5236 Boat and ship builders and repairers
5237 Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers
5241 Electricians and electrical fitters
5242 Telecommunications engineers
5244 TV, video and audio engineers
5245 IT engineers
5249 Electrical and electronic trades n.e.c.
5250 Skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades supervisors
5311 Steel erectors
5312 Bricklayers and masons
5313 Roofers, roof tilers and slaters
5314 Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers
5315 Carpenters and joiners
5316 Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters
5319 Construction and building trades n.e.c.
5321 Plasterers
5322 Floorers and wall tilers
5323 Painters and decorators
5330 Construction and building trades supervisors
5411 Weavers and knitters
5412 Upholsterers
5413 Footwear and leather working trades
5414 Tailors and dressmakers
5419 Textiles, garments and related trades n.e.c.
5421 Pre-press technicians
5422 Printers
5423 Print finishing and binding workers
5431 Butchers
5432 Bakers and flour confectioners
5433 Fishmongers and poultry dressers
5434 Chefs
5435 Cooks
5436 Catering and bar managers
5441 Glass and ceramics makers, decorators and finishers
5442 Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers
5443 Florists
5449 Other skilled trades n.e.c.
6121 Nursery nurses and assistants
6122 Childminders and related occupations
6123 Playworkers
6125 Teaching assistants
6126 Educational support assistants
6131 Veterinary nurses
6132 Pest control officers
6139 Animal care services occupations n.e.c.
6141 Nursing auxiliaries and assistants
6142 Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)
6143 Dental nurses
6144 Houseparents and residential wardens
6145 Care workers and home carers
6146 Senior care workers
6147 Care escorts
6148 Undertakers, mortuary and crematorium assistants
6211 Sports and leisure assistants
6212 Travel agents
6214 Air travel assistants
6215 Rail travel assistants
6219 Leisure and travel service occupations n.e.c.
6221 Hairdressers and barbers
6222 Beauticians and related occupations
6231 Housekeepers and related occupations
6232 Caretakers
6240 Cleaning and housekeeping managers and supervisors
7111 Sales and retail assistants
7112 Retail cashiers and check-out operators
7113 Telephone salespersons
7114 Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants
7115 Vehicle and parts salespersons and advisers
7121 Collector salespersons and credit agents
7122 Debt, rent and other cash collectors
7123 Roundspersons and van salespersons
7124 Market and street traders and assistants
7125 Merchandisers and window dressers
7129 Sales related occupations n.e.c.
7130 Sales supervisors
7211 Call and contact centre occupations
7213 Telephonists
7214 Communication operators
7215 Market research interviewers
7219 Customer service occupations n.e.c.
7220 Customer service managers and supervisors
8111 Food, drink and tobacco process operatives
8112 Glass and ceramics process operatives
8113 Textile process operatives
8114 Chemical and related process operatives
8115 Rubber process operatives
8116 Plastics process operatives
8117 Metal making and treating process operatives
8118 Electroplaters
8119 Process operatives n.e.c.
8121 Paper and wood machine operatives
8122 Coal mine operatives
8123 Quarry workers and related operatives
8124 Energy plant operatives
8125 Metal working machine operatives
8126 Water and sewerage plant operatives
8127 Printing machine assistants
8129 Plant and machine operatives n.e.c.
8131 Assemblers (electrical and electronic products)
8132 Assemblers (vehicles and metal goods)
8133 Routine inspectors and testers
8134 Weighers, graders and sorters
8135 Tyre, exhaust and windscreen fitters
8137 Sewing machinists
8139 Assemblers and routine operatives n.e.c.
8141 Scaffolders, stagers and riggers
8142 Road construction operatives
8143 Rail construction and maintenance operatives
8149 Construction operatives n.e.c.
8211 Large goods vehicle drivers
8212 Van drivers
8213 Bus and coach drivers
8214 Taxi and cab drivers and chauffeurs
8215 Driving instructors
8221 Crane drivers
8222 Fork-lift truck drivers
8223 Agricultural machinery drivers
8229 Mobile machine drivers and operatives n.e.c.
8231 Train and tram drivers
8232 Marine and waterways transport operatives
8233 Air transport operatives
8234 Rail transport operatives
8239 Other drivers and transport operatives n.e.c.
9111 Farm workers
9112 Forestry workers
9119 Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations n.e.c.
9120 Elementary construction occupations
9132 Industrial cleaning process occupations
9134 Packers, bottlers, canners and fillers
9139 Elementary process plant occupations n.e.c.
9211 Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers and couriers
9219 Elementary administration occupations n.e.c.
9231 Window cleaners
9232 Street cleaners
9233 Cleaners and domestics
9234 Launderers, dry cleaners and pressers
9235 Refuse and salvage occupations
9236 Vehicle valeters and cleaners
9239 Elementary cleaning occupations n.e.c.
9241 Security guards and related occupations
9242 Parking and civil enforcement occupations
9244 School midday and crossing patrol occupations
9249 Elementary security occupations n.e.c.
9251 Shelf fillers
9259 Elementary sales occupations n.e.c.
9260 Elementary storage occupations
9271 Hospital porters
9272 Kitchen and catering assistants
9273 Waiters and waitresses
9274 Bar staff
9275 Leisure and theme park attendants
9279 Other elementary services occupations n.e.c.

Valid Entries

The valid SOC2010 code can be found in Appendix L of the ILR Specification.
For learners who enrolled on or after 1 August 2014 a SOC 2010 code should be used.


  • If the learning aim started on or after 1 August 2014, a SOC2010 code should be used as detailed in Appendix L.

  • Further details on SOC2010 codes can be obtained from the Office of National Statistics website at

  • For full guidance about this field, please refer to the HESA specification.

  • This field relates to the learner on entry to the programme of study. New entrants from UCAS will have this completed by UCAS and sent to institutions.

  • The student should be asked for parental occupation or, if 21 or over, for their own occupation. For example, “if you are under 21, please give the occupation of your parent, step-parent or guardian who earns the most. If he or she is retired or unemployed, give their most recent occupation. If you are 21 or over, please give your own occupation.”