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
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
More information relating to the project can be accessed
You can contact the project team directly by emailing
This project could help shape the workforce of the future… don’t
miss your chance to be involved!