As a result of a review conducted by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the two previous government social classifications (Social Class based on Occupation and Socio-economic Groups) were replaced in 2001 by a new classification: the National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification (NS-SEC). This book arises from original research, including primary data collection, undertaken by ESRC for ONS. This book introduces researchers to all aspects of the new classification.

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