Mnemonic: position_in_ce
Applicability: Person
Type: Standard variable


A usual resident of a communal establishment is either someone who:

  • lives there
  • works and lives there
  • is a family member of staff that works there and lives there

This derived variable shows the different types of communal establishment residents and categorises them based on how they answered the employment question.


Total number of categories: 4

Code Name
1 Resident
2 Staff or owner
3 Family member or partner of staff or owner
4 Staying temporarily (no usual UK address)

Question asked

What is your position in this establishment?

  • Resident (for example, student, member of armed forces, patient, detainee)
  • Staff or owner
  • Family member or partner of staff or owner
  • Staying temporarily (no usual UK address)


Read about how we developed and tested the questions for Census 2021.

Why we ask the question


Comparability with the 2011 Census

Broadly comparable

We have added one new category “Staying temporarily (no usual UK address)” for Census 2021. If you are comparing Census 2021 and 2011 Census data, you can add together the two categories “Resident” and “Staying temporarily (no usual UK address)”.

What does broadly comparable mean?

A variable that is broadly comparable means that it can be generally compared with the same variable used in the 2011 Census. However, changes may have been made to the question or options that people could choose from or how write-in answers are classified.

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland comparisons

Not comparable

This variable is not comparable as the data is not available for all countries.

What does not comparable mean?

A variable that is not comparable means that it cannot be compared for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Find out more about variables produced for Census 2021 in Northern Ireland and Census 2022 in Scotland.

Census 2021 data that uses this variable

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