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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education record 2015/16 - Place of employment - Q13

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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education record 2015/16

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Place of employment - Q13

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Short nameEMPPLACE

The data item identifies the town/city/area of the HE leaver's place of employment on the census date.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All HE leavers where Student.ALLACT is coded 1 or 2.

QuestionQ13. Where was your place of work and, if in the UK, what is the postcode?

All of the text (up to a maximum of 200 characters) completed by the HE leaver must be returned.

The information captured is for what the HE leaver considers to be their MAIN job.

A response to the question is required if the following codes were used for Q1 (Student.ALLACT): 1 'Working full-time' or 2 'Working part-time'.

It is important that ALL of the information provided in Employment.EMPNAME, Employment.EMPPLACE, Employment.EMPPCODE, Employment.EMPCOUNTRY, and Employment.MAKEDO is returned to assist in the allocation of a SIC code.

The SIC 2007 valid entries and labels are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification 2007 (UK SIC 2007) four digit class and five digit subclass levels as identified in the Office for National Statistics (ONS) UK Standard Industrial Classification 2007 web page 'Main volume' (PDF).

If nothing is returned for Employment.EMPPLACE, Employment.EMPPCODE, and Employment.EMPCOUNTRY the response will not be valid.

Valid characters

The question of valid characters is significant in this data item since many names include characters with accents and other diacritics that are not supported by the standard ASCII character set.

  • The general policy is to support all Latin-based characters for names, addresses and general text data items, but not non-Latin characters.
  • All Unicode code charts for Latin characters are supported. These are Basic Latin (excluding the C0 control characters), Latin-1 (excluding the C1 control characters), Latin Extended A, Latin Extended B and Latin Extended Additional. This set corresponds to Unicode code points U+0020 to U+007E, U+00A0 to U+024F and U+1E00 to U+1EFF.
  • Schemas are built in such a way that an individual project can further restrict the set if required.

The character set chosen will support Welsh and Gaelic languages as well as all European and most other languages using a Latin-based character set.

The Unicode charts that list each of the characters in this range can be found on the Unicode web site. The specific sets that are defined here are shown in the following PDF documents:

Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Higher education providers (HEPs) must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files.

Required for valid responseYes (either Employment.EMPPLACE, Employment.EMPPCODE, or Employment.EMPCOUNTRY is required to derive a SIC2007 code).
To be asked of third partyYes
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Reason required

To enable the analysis of graduate mobility and to support the coding of Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code.

Part of
Field length200
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Data type: EMPPLACEType

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