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We have identified an error in two categories of the Industry variable used in this dataset. This is due to a coding error. The affected categories are 'A, B, D, E Agriculture, energy and water' and 'C Manufacturing'. We are investigating the reason for this error and will issue a corrected dataset as soon as possible. Please contact Census Customer Services (

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Gender identity by industry

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Particular care must be taken in interpreting census results on gender identity. Please read the Sexual orientation and gender identity quality information for Census 2021 before using this data.

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As Census 2021 was during a unique period of rapid change, take care when using Labour Market data for planning purposes.

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This dataset provides Census 2021 estimates that classify usual residents aged 16 years and over in England and Wales, by gender identity and industry. The estimates are as at Census Day, 21 March 2021.

Variable and dataset information

Area type

Census 2021 statistics are published for a number of different geographies. These can be large, for example the whole of England, or small, for example an output area (OA), the lowest level of geography for which statistics are produced.

For higher levels of geography, more detailed statistics can be produced. When a lower level of geography is used, such as output areas (which have a minimum of 100 persons), the statistics produced have less detail. This is to protect the confidentiality of people and ensure that individuals or their characteristics cannot be identified.

Lower tier local authorities

Lower tier local authorities provide a range of local services. There are 309 lower tier local authorities in England made up of 181 non-metropolitan districts, 59 unitary authorities, 36 metropolitan districts and 33 London boroughs (including City of London). In Wales there are 22 local authorities made up of 22 unitary authorities.


Census 2021 statistics are published for the whole of England and Wales. However, you can choose to filter areas by:

  • country - for example, Wales
  • region - for example, London
  • local authority - for example, Cornwall
  • health area – for example, Clinical Commissioning Group
  • statistical area - for example, MSOA or LSOA

Gender identity

Classifies people according to the responses to the gender identity question. This question was voluntary and was only asked of people aged 16 years and over.

Industry (current)

Classifies people aged 16 years and over who were in employment between 15 March and 21 March 2021 by the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code that represents their current industry or business.

The SIC code is assigned based on the information provided about a firm or organisation’s main activity.


Population type
All usual residents aged 16 years and over
Area type
Lower tier local authorities
England and Wales
Gender identity
4 Categories
  • Gender identity the same as sex registered at birth
  • Gender identity different from sex registered at birth
  • Not answered
  • Does not apply
Industry (current)
9 Categories
  • A, B, D, E Agriculture, energy and water
  • C Manufacturing
  • F Construction
  • G, I Distribution, hotels and restaurants
  • H, J Transport and communication
  • K, L, M, N Financial, real estate, professional and administrative activities
  • O, P, Q Public administration, education and health
  • R, S, T, U Other
  • Does not apply

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Protecting personal data

Sometimes we need to make changes to data if it is possible to identify individuals. This is known as statistical disclosure control.

In Census 2021, we:

  • swapped records (targeted record swapping), for example, if a household was likely to be identified in datasets because it has unusual characteristics, we swapped the record with a similar one from a nearby small area (very unusual households could be swapped with one in a nearby local authority)
  • added small changes to some counts (cell key perturbation), for example, we might change a count of four to a three or a five – this might make small differences between tables depending on how the data are broken down when we applied perturbation

Read more in Section 5 of our article Design for Census 2021.

Version history

Release date Reason for update
We have corrected an error in two categories of the industry variable used in this dataset: "A, B, D, E Agriculture, energy and water" and "C Manufacturing". This was because of a coding error. We apologise for any misunderstanding caused.
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