What is the SOC-EXT project?
As our economy evolves and develops, so do the types of occupations and skills that are required. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) is a recognised framework that enables all UK occupations to be classified according to skill level and specialisation. This classification is, in turn, essential in the creation of the occupational and social statistics that inform policy and the public.
More recently, some people and organisations who use SOC have expressed a need for a greater level of detail than is currently available. In response to this, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) is working with The University of Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research (IER) to launch a stakeholder engagement exercise exploring the level and nature of requirements.
For now, the work remains exploratory and there are currently no plans to publish statistics to this level. However, we want to try and ensure as many occupations are represented as possible within the extended framework.
Why we want to engage with you
No one knows your profession better that you. We need your expert knowledge about jobs in your sector to make this project a success and ensure you are recognised.
Your insight will play a crucial role in the development of the framework, helping to future proof our economy and your sector. As well as ensuring that roles and responsibilities within your profession continue to be correctly represented, your input will help us in the identification of skills gaps and training needs to ensure future growth in an ever-evolving labour market.
- You can share your views by completing the online survey here
- More information relating to the project can be accessed here
- You can contact the project team directly by emailing SOCExt@ons.gov.uk
This project could help shape the workforce of the future… don’t miss your chance to be involved!