Last updated
20 Jan 2022

Briefly describe what you do (did) in your main job.

How do I answer this question?

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

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

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

Give the best information you can, even if you are not sure of the details. Think about what you do, where you do it, and what training or qualifications are required.

Some examples you can enter could be:

  • work with young children
  • work in a bank
  • road haulage contractor
  • web page design
  • provide financial advice
  • caring for elderly people in a care home

If you work for the Civil Service, a local authority or any other public sector organisation, please enter this, as well as the specific department or organisation.

For example:

  • Civil Service – Scottish Government
  • Public sector organisation – Fire brigade
  • Local authority – Perth and Kinross Council
  • Public sector organisation – Police Scotland

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’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. Only write in one character per box.

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