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Staff 2023/24 - Activity Standard Occupational Classification

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Staff 2023/24

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Activity Standard Occupational Classification

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Short nameACTSOC2020

This field records the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC2020) of the contract activity

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All contract activity records

Valid entries and labels
111Chief Executives and Senior Officials
112Production Managers and Directors
113Functional Managers and Directors
114Directors in Logistics, Warehousing and Transport
115Managers and Directors in Retail and Wholesale
116Senior Officers in Protective Services
117Health and Social Services Managers and Directors
121Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture Related Services
122Managers and Proprietors in Hospitality and Leisure Services
123Managers and Proprietors in Health and Care Services
124Managers in Logistics, Warehousing and Transport
125Managers and Proprietors in Other Services
211Natural and Social Science Professionals
212Engineering Professionals
213Information Technology Professionals
214Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
215Conservation and Environment Professionals
216Research and Development (R&D) and Other Research Professionals
221Medical Practitioners
222Therapy Professionals
223Nursing Professionals
225Other Health Professionals
231Teaching Professionals
232Other Educational Professionals
241Legal Professionals
242Finance Professionals
243Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
244Business and Financial Project Management Professionals
245Architects, Chartered Architectural Technologists, Planning Officers, Surveyors and Construction Professionals
246Welfare Professionals
247Librarians and Related Professionals
248Quality and Regulatory Professionals
249Media Professionals
311Science, Engineering and Production Technicians
312CAD, Drawing and Architectural Technicians
313Information Technology Technicians
321Health Associate Professionals
322Welfare and Housing Associate Professionals
323Teaching and Childcare Associate Professionals
324Veterinary Nurses
331Protective Service Occupations
341Artistic, Literary and Media Occupations
342Design Occupations
343Sports and Fitness Occupations
351Transport Associate Professionals
352Legal Associate Professionals
353Finance Associate Professionals
354Business Associate Professionals
355Sales, Marketing and Related Associate Professionals
356Public Services Associate Professionals
357HR, Training and Other Vocational Associate Guidance Professionals
358Regulatory Associate Professionals
411Administrative Occupations: Government and Related Organisations
412Administrative Occupations: Finance
413Administrative Occupations: Records
414Administrative Occupations: Office Managers and Supervisors
415Other Administrative Occupations
421Secretarial and Related Occupations
511Agricultural and Related Trades
521Metal Forming, Welding and Related Trades
522Metal Machining, Fitting and Instrument Making Trades
523Vehicle Trades
524Electrical and Electronic Trades
525Skilled Metal, Electrical and Electronic Trades Supervisors
531Construction and Building Trades
532Building Finishing Trades
533Construction and Building Trades Supervisors
541Textiles and Garments Trades
542Printing Trades
543Food Preparation and Hospitality Trades
544Other Skilled Trades
611Teaching and Childcare Support Occupations
612Animal Care and Control Services
613Caring Personal Services
621Leisure and Travel Services
622Hairdressers and Related Services
623Housekeeping and Related Services
624Cleaning and Housekeeping Managers and Supervisors
625Bed and Breakfast and Guest House Owners and Proprietors
631Community and Civil Enforcement Occupations
711Sales Assistants and Retail Cashiers
712Sales Related Occupations
713Shopkeepers and Sales Supervisors
721Customer Service Occupations
722Customer Service Supervisors
811Process Operatives
812Metal Working Machine Operatives
813Plant and Machine Operatives
814Assemblers and Routine Operatives
815Construction Operatives
816Production, Factory and Assembly Supervisors
821Road Transport Drivers
822Mobile Machine Drivers and Operatives
823Other Drivers and Transport Operatives
911Elementary Agricultural Occupations
912Elementary Construction Occupations
913Elementary Process Plant Occupations
921Elementary Administration Occupations
922Elementary Cleaning Occupations
923Elementary Security Occupations
924Elementary Sales Occupations
925Elementary Storage Occupations
926Other Elementary Services Occupations

Each contract must have at least one activity, an associated HESA cost centre and a proportion (Activity.ACTSOC2020, Activity.CCENTRE and Activity.CCPROP). The activity associated with a contract defines the role of the staff member and the HESA cost centre indicates where that activity takes place within the higher education provider (HEP). Further information on Coding activities and HESA cost centres is available under the 'Further guidance' section of the manual.

The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) is a common classification of occupational information for the United Kingdom. Within the context of the classification jobs are classified in terms of their skill level and skill content. Further information on SOC2020 is available on the ONS website.

A Computer Assisted Structured Coding Tool (Cascot) is available from the Warwick Institute for Employment Research to assist HEPs allocate SOC codes for their staff. This system allows job titles to be allocated to SOC2020 codes. Further details and a link to this online resource is available from the Warwick IER Cascot web page.

SOC2020 major groups are defined by the first digit of the code.

Quality rules
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Part of
Field length3
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: ACTSOC2020
Change management notesField was added to the collection to replace ACTSOC with the adoption of the SOC2020 codes

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