Last updated
25 Jan 2022

What is (was) the name of the organisation or business you work (worked) for?

How do I answer this question?

Enter the name of the organisation or business you currently work for.

If you are not currently working, answer about your last main job. Do not answer about jobs you had previous to your last job.

If you are away from work ill or self-isolating, answer about the job you had before being away from work.

Your main job is the job in which you usually work (or worked) the most hours.

Only select the box marked ‘No organisation or work (worked) for a private individual’ if you are (or were):

  • self-employed without a business, for example, cash-in-hand work
  • employed by a private individual, for example, a carer or personal assistant

I cannot remember the name of the organisation I work/worked for. How do I answer?

If you cannot remember the name of the business or organisation, answer as best as you can.

The name of the organisation has changed or no longer exists since I worked there. How do I answer?

You should enter the name of the organisation as it was when you worked there even if the name has changed or the organisation no longer exists.

Why is this question asked?

The information gathered from this question is used in the classification of industry.  This is used in the analysis of local labour markets and economic performance.

I have (or had) more than one job. How do I answer?

Answer about the job you consider to be your main one. You should choose the job in which you usually work (or worked) the most hours.

If you work (or worked) equal hours in one or more jobs, choose the one that has (or had) the highest wage or salary.

I am just about to change jobs. How do I answer this question?

If you are in the process of changing jobs, answer for the one you’re doing now, if it is your main job. Only answer for your new job if you have already left your previous employment.

I am retired. Do I need to answer this question?

Yes, it is important for retired people to answer the questions about qualifications and work.

This is so we can gather information about education and employment for everyone living in Scotland.

Many people continue working or studying beyond traditional retirement ages. This means there is more demand this information to help design services.

Who should answer this question?

This question should be answered for everybody who is aged 16 or over and has ever worked in paid employment.

Answering on paper

If there is not enough space, write in as much as the space allows. You can use common abbreviations, for example ‘Ltd.’ instead of ‘Limited’. Only write in one character per box.

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