45. Do (did) you supervise or oversee the work of other employees on a day-to-day basis?

Why we ask this question

Your answers help your community by ensuring local authorities and central government understand local and national labour markets and develop suitable plans for housing, transport and land use. The information the census gathers can help to show what occupations will look like in the future. It can also help to work out skills and training needs to meet that demand.

This information is also useful for local economic development, as it provides an understanding of social behaviour and how public resources are shared.

The census first asked this question in 2001.

This question is about your main job. If you aren't currently working, answer about the last job you had.

Select "Yes" if any of the following apply:

  • supervisory duties are, or were, included in your job specification or contract
  • you are, or were, a line manager
  • you are, or were, overseeing the work of other employees temporarily, for example on temporary promotion

A supervisor might offer guidance or direction to other employees. This could be remotely or in person. Duties could also include training and performance reviews.

Select "No" if you only supervise or supervised:

  • children, for example, as a nanny, childminder or playground supervisor
  • animals
  • security or buildings, for example, as a security guard or caretaker

If you can't remember the details, answer as best you can.

What we mean by main job

Your circumstances may have changed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Answer about your current main job if you have one.

If you don't have a job at the moment, answer about the most recent job you had.

If you're away from work on furlough, in quarantine or self-isolating, consider the hours you were working before being away from work.

More than one job

If you have more than one job at the same time:

  • answer about the job in which you usually work the most hours
  • if your hours are equal, use the job that pays the most
  • if your hours and pay are equal, use the one you did most recently

Changing jobs

If you're in the middle of changing jobs, answer about the main one you were doing on Sunday 21 March 2021. Only answer about your new position if you've already left your previous job.

Important information:

Answering for someone else

If you're answering on behalf of someone else, where possible you should ask them how they would answer. If they're away, answer as best you can.