Occupation of Surrey residents

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  • In 2011, the highest proportion of Surrey’s residents in employment worked in “Professional occupations” (21.7%).
  • Surrey has twice as many residents working as “Managers, directors and senior officials” than residents employed in “Elementary occupations”.
  • “Professional occupations” and “Administrative and secretarial occupations” were the most common occupations for the Surrey’s female residents in employment.
  • “Professional occupations” and “Managers, directors and senior officials occupations” were the most common occupations for the Surrey’s male residents in employment.

Occupation of all residents in employment – 2011 Census

The Census asked people in employment to provide their job title and information about activities involved in their job. This is used to assign responses to an occupation code based on the Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC2010). Data is not comparable to the 2001 Census which used a classification based on the Standard Industrial Classification 2000.

In 2011, the highest proportion of Surrey’s residents in employment worked in “Professional occupations” (21.7%), while the proportion of England as a whole was 17.5%.

The boroughs with the highest proportion of people employed in “Professional occupations” were Guilford (24.5%) and Elmbridge (24.4%), and the borough with the lowest proportion was Spelthorne (16.3%).
83,868 (14.6%) of the Surrey’s residents in employment, worked as “Managers, directors and senior officials” while only 41,228 (7.2%) were employed in “Elementary occupations”.

England as a whole had a higher percentage of people working in “Elementary occupations” (11.1%) and a lower proportion of people employed as “Managers, directors and senior officials” (10.9%).

Elmbridge was the borough with the highest proportion of “Managers, directors and senior officials” (18.7%) and the lowest proportion of residents in “Elementary occupations” (5.3%).

On the contrary Spelthorne was the borough with the lowest proportion of “Managers, directors and senior officials” (11.7%) and a higher proportion of residents in “Elementary occupations” (9%). Runnymede had the highest proportion of residents in “Elementary occupations” (9.1%).
Table 1: Occupation of all residents in employment

% Managers directors and senior officials % Professional occupations % Associate professional and technical occupations % Administrative and secretarial occupations % Skilled trades occupations % Caring leisure and other service occupations % Sales and customer service occupations % Process plant and machine operatives % Elementary occupations
Surrey 14.6 21.7 15.7 12.0 9.7 8.6 6.5 4.1 7.2
Elmbridge 18.7 24.4 17.7 10.8 7.4 7.5 5.3 3.0 5.3
Epsom and Ewell 13.0 22.9 15.5 13.3 9.4 8.6 6.7 4.0 6.6
Guildford 13.6 24.5 16.0 10.3 9.5 7.8 7.0 3.6 7.8
Mole Valley 15.1 22.4 15.6 11.9 10.6 8.7 5.5 3.5 6.6
Reigate and Banstead 13.8 20.6 15.8 12.8 9.6 9.4 6.4 4.3 7.1
Runnymede 13.4 18.9 14.4 12.4 10.5 9.0 7.4 4.9 9.1
Spelthorne 11.7 16.3 14.8 15.2 10.4 8.9 7.4 6.4 9.0
Surrey Heath 15.5 20.3 16.1 12.1 9.6 8.5 6.7 4.1 7.1
Tandridge 15.6 18.8 15.6 12.8 11.2 9.7 5.8 4.1 6.3
Waverley 15.8 23.9 15.2 10.4 10.4 8.3 6.0 3.2 6.9
Woking 13.4 22.9 15.0 11.7 8.9 8.5 7.3 4.8 7.5
South East 12.3 18.7 13.8 11.5 11.1 9.3 7.9 5.7 9.7
England 10.9 17.5 12.8 11.5 11.4 9.3 8.4 7.2 11.1

Source: Office for National Statistics
Figure 1: Occupation of all residents in employment

Source: Office for National Statistics

Occupation of female residents in employment – 2011 Census

In 2011, the highest proportion of Surrey’s female residents in employment worked in “Professional occupations” (21.6%) and “Administrative and secretarial occupations” (20.5%).

The boroughs with the highest proportion of female working in “Professional occupations” were Elmbridge and Guilford, both 24.4%; the borough with the lowest was Spelthorne (16.2%).

The borough with the highest proportion of female in “Administrative and secretarial occupations” was Spelthorne (24.7%) and the one with the lowest was Guilford (17.8%).
Table 2: Occupation of female residents

% Managers directors and senior officials % Professional occupations % Associate professional and technical occupations % Administrative and secretarial occupations % Skilled trades occupations % Caring leisure and other service occupations % Sales and customer service occupations % Process plant and machine operatives % Elementary occupations
Surrey 10.1 21.6 14.1 20.5 2.3 15.1 8.6 0.9 6.9
Elmbridge 12.5 24.4 16.4 18.3 1.9 13.6 6.9 0.7 5.1
Epsom and Ewell 9.1 22.8 13.7 22.4 1.8 14.5 8.9 0.7 6.2
Guildford 9.3 24.4 14.0 17.8 2.5 13.9 9.3 0.8 7.9
Mole Valley 10.3 22.3 14.4 20.5 2.5 15.4 7.2 0.9 6.6
Reigate and Banstead 9.7 20.7 14.2 21.4 2.2 16.1 8.4 0.8 6.6
Runnymede 9.6 19.3 13.1 20.8 2.4 15.4 10.0 0.9 8.5
Spelthorne 8.6 16.2 13.6 24.7 2.1 15.6 10.2 1.1 7.9
Surrey Heath 10.3 19.9 14.2 21.2 2.3 15.4 9.2 0.9 6.7
Tandridge 11.0 19.0 13.8 22.2 2.6 16.7 7.8 0.9 6.1
Waverley 10.7 24.0 13.8 18.3 2.8 14.7 7.8 0.8 7.2
Woking 9.5 22.0 13.7 20.1 1.9 15.2 9.5 1.0 7.1
South East 8.8 19.2 12.2 19.4 2.5 16.3 10.8 1.4 9.3
England 8.1 18.6 11.5 19.0 2.6 16.2 11.5 1.8 10.7

Source: Office for National Statistics
Figure 2: Occupation of female residents

Source: Office for National Statistics

Occupation of male residents in employment – 2011 Census

In 2011, the highest proportion of Surrey’s male residents in employment worked in “Professional occupations” (21.8%) and as “Managers, directors and senior officials” (18.5%).

The borough with the highest proportion of male working in “Professional occupations” was Guilford (24.6%) and with the lowest was Spelthorne (16.4%). The borough with the highest proportion of male employed as “Managers, directors and senior officials” was Elmbridge (23.9%) and the lowest was Spelthorne (14.5%).
Table 3: Occupation of male residents

% Managers directors and senior officials % Professional occupations % Associate professional and technical occupations % Administrative and secretarial occupations % Skilled trades occupations % Caring leisure and other service occupations % Sales and customer service occupations % Process plant and machine operatives % Elementary occupations
Surrey 18.5 21.8 17.0 4.6 16.1 2.9 4.6 7.0 7.4
Elmbridge 23.9 24.4 18.8 4.2 12.1 2.3 3.9 5.0 5.4
Epsom and Ewell 16.5 22.9 17.2 5.1 16.4 3.3 4.7 7.0 6.9
Guildford 17.3 24.6 17.8 3.8 15.5 2.5 5.0 5.9 7.6
Mole Valley 19.4 22.6 16.7 4.3 17.7 2.8 4.0 5.8 6.7
Reigate and Banstead 17.5 20.6 17.2 5.2 16.3 3.6 4.5 7.5 7.7
Runnymede 16.9 18.5 15.5 4.9 17.6 3.2 5.2 8.5 9.7
Spelthorne 14.5 16.4 15.9 6.6 17.7 2.9 4.9 11.2 10.0
Surrey Heath 19.9 20.7 17.8 4.3 15.9 2.5 4.5 7.0 7.5
Tandridge 19.8 18.7 17.3 4.4 19.1 3.3 4.0 7.0 6.4
Waverley 20.3 23.8 16.4 3.6 16.9 2.8 4.4 5.2 6.5
Woking 16.7 23.7 16.0 4.7 14.8 2.8 5.5 8.0 7.8
South East 15.3 18.3 15.2 4.4 18.7 3.1 5.3 9.5 10.1
England 13.3 16.5 14.0 4.8 19.1 3.2 5.7 11.9 11.5

Source: Office for National Statistics

Figure 3: Occupation of male residents

Source: Office for National Statistics

In Surrey, the proportion of male working in “Professional occupations” (21.8%) was very similar to the proportion of females (21.6%).

The occupations for which the female proportion was much higher than the male were “Administrative and secretarial occupations” and “Caring leisure and other service occupations”, with the female proportion being respectively 4 and 5 times higher than the male.

The occupations for which the male proportion was much higher than the female were “Skilled trade occupations” and “Process Plant and machine operatives” with both a male proportion 7 times higher than the female.
Figure 4: Occupations of Surrey’s residents, male and female

Source: Office for National Statistics