Last updated
1 Feb 2022

What is (was) your full job title?

How do I answer this question?

Give your full and specific job title for your main or last job

  • do not give your grade or pay band
  • if you are not sure of your job title give the best information you can

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.

Some examples of job titles are:

  • 'Care worker (community or residential)'
  • 'Solicitor'
  • 'Supermarket manager'
  • 'Heating engineer'

Why is this question asked?

This information will help us to classify your occupation as accurately as possible. This is important because this helps inform economic policies and planning.

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 are 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. Only write in one character per box.

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