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

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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. In England there are 309 lower tier local authorities. These are made up of non-metropolitan districts (181), unitary authorities (59), metropolitan districts (36) and London boroughs (33, including City of London). In Wales there are 22 local authorities made up of 22 unitary authorities. Of these local authority types, only non-metropolitan districts are not additionally classified as upper tier local 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

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
Area type
Lower Tier Local Authorities
England and Wales
Industry (current)
88 Categories
  • 01 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
  • 02 Forestry and logging
  • 03 Fishing and aquaculture
  • 05 Mining of coal and lignite
  • 06 Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas
  • 07 Mining of metal ores
  • 08 Other mining and quarrying
  • 09 Mining support service activities
  • 10 Manufacture of food products
  • 11 Manufacture of beverages
  • 12 Manufacture of tobacco products
  • 13 Manufacture of textiles
  • 14 Manufacture of wearing apparel
  • 15 Manufacture of leather and related products
  • 16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials
  • 17 Manufacture of paper and paper products
  • 18 Printing and reproduction of recorded media
  • 19 Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products
  • 20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
  • 21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
  • 22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • 23 Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • 24 Manufacture of basic metals
  • 25 Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
  • 26 Manufacture of computer, electrical and optical products
  • 27 Manufacture of electrical equipment
  • 28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment not otherwise specified
  • 29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
  • 30 Manufacture of other transport equipment
  • 31 Manufacture of furniture
  • 32 Other Manufacturing
  • 33 Repair and installation of machinery and equipment
  • 35 Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
  • 36 Water collection, treatment and supply
  • 37 Sewerage
  • 38 Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities; materials recovery
  • 39 Remediation activities and other waste management services
  • 41 Construction of buildings; 42 Civil engineering; 43 Specialised construction activities
  • 45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • 46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • 47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • 48 Wholesale and retail not otherwise specified
  • 49 Land transport and transport via pipelines
  • 50 Water transport
  • 51 Air transport
  • 52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation
  • 53 Postal and courier activities
  • 55 Accommodation
  • 56 Food and beverage service activities
  • 58 Publishing activities
  • 59 Motion picture, video and television production, sound recording and music publishing activities
  • 60 Programming and broadcasting activities
  • 61 Telecommunications
  • 62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities
  • 63 Information service activities
  • 64 Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding
  • 65 Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security
  • 66 Activities auxiliary to financial services and insurance activities
  • 68 Real estate activities
  • 69 Legal and accounting activities
  • 70 Activities of head offices; management consultancy activities
  • 71 Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis
  • 72 Scientific research and development
  • 73 Advertising and market research
  • 74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities
  • 75 Veterinary activities
  • 77 Rental and leasing activities
  • 78 Employment activities
  • 79 Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities
  • 80 Security and investigation activities
  • 81 Services to buildings and landscape activities
  • 82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities
  • 84 Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
  • 85 Education
  • 86 Human health activities
  • 87 Residential care activities
  • 88 Social work activities without accommodation
  • 90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
  • 91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities
  • 92 Gambling and betting activities
  • 93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities
  • 94 Activities of membership organisations
  • 95 Repair of computers and personal and household goods
  • 96 Other personal service activities
  • 97 Activities of households as employers of domestic personnel
  • 98 Undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of private households for own use
  • 99 Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies
  • 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.

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