Last updated
20 Jan 2022

What is (was) the main activity of your organisation, business or freelance work?

How do I answer this question?

Enter the main activity of your organisation, business or freelance work. For many people, this is different from their actual job or job title.

For example, if your job is to manage an office for a car rental company, the main activity would be ‘Car rental’.

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.

Further examples of main activity or industry are provided below.

Give the best information you can. This may mean writing in an activity which most closely describes your industry or business.

Further examples of main activity or industry

Main activity refers to the industry or business of your current job. Answer with this main activity. Some examples of industries are included to help you.

If you work in retail or wholesale your industry might be:

  • ‘Supermarket’
  • ‘Bakery’
  • ‘Off licence’
  • ‘Women’s clothing retailer’
  • ‘Fish wholesaler
  • ‘Selling household furniture’ (or ‘Selling’ another product)
  • ‘Wholesale of food’ (or ‘Wholesale of’ another product)

If you work in building or construction your industry might be:

  • ‘Property developer’
  • ‘Construction of domestic buildings’
  • ‘House building and repairing’
  • ‘Carpentry’
  • ‘Carpet fitting’
  • ‘Bricklaying’
  • ‘Installation of plumbing’ (or ‘Installation of’ another product)

If you work in residential care your industry may be:

  • ‘Nursing home’
  • ‘Residential care activities for mental health’ (or other types of ‘Residential care’)

If you work in hospitality your industry may be:

  • ‘Restaurant’
  • ‘Public Houses’

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 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

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