Within the context of the classification, jobs are classified in terms of their skill level and skill content.
It is used for career information to labour market entrants, job matching by employment agencies and the development of government labour market policies.
SOC 2010 volumes
Standard Occupational Classification 2010: SOC 2010 is the latest update and is divided into three volumes.
SOC 2010 volume 1: structure and descriptions of unit groups: outlines the background, resources, concepts and processes of SOC 2010.
SOC 2010 volume 2: the coding index: provides the coding index for SOC 2010.
SOC 2010 volume 3: the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC rebased on the SOC 2010): NS-SEC has been constructed to measure the employment relations and conditions of occupations.
SOC 2010 and NS-SEC coding tools
The Office for National Statistics Classifications and Harmonisation Unit has developed a series of coding tools to assist with coding to the SOC 2010 and the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC).
The occupation coding tool interactively searches for a code for any inputted job title.
The occupation hierarchy tool allows exploration of the hierarchy of the SOC 2010 classification to assist in determining a SOC 2010 code.
The NS-SEC coding tool asks a series of up to three questions to code NS-SEC for a given SOC 2010 code.
The ONS currently receives queries requesting Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes. Please note, that from 20 September 2019, the ONS will no longer be supporting these requests. If you require a SOC code, please see the resources available for the Occupation Coding Tool and the Occupation Hierarchy Tool. Please use these in conjunction with SOC2010 volume 1: structure and descriptions of unit groups, and SOC2010 volume 2: the structure and coding index. Any questions relating to a form or application that you are completing should be directed to the issuing body. Please note, as SOC is a statistical classification, we will continue to assist with any queries you have in respect to the framework, structure or methodology of the system.
For more information on SOC 2010 and NS-SEC, please contact the Classifications and Harmonisation Unit:
Classifications and Harmonisation Unit
Office for National Statistics
Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444388