41. What is (was) the name of the organisation or business you work (worked) for?

Why we ask this question

Your answer helps your community by allowing your local authority to understand the local economy and labour market.

This information shows employment trends by industry. This could help local planners to prepare for changes in demand for retail space, office space and land for manufacturing.

Your local authority and central government will also use this information to make plans for housing, transport, economic development and regeneration.

This information will also help make predictions about future employment and identify any links between the characteristics of individuals and industry. For example, it could highlight a concentration of groups of people in industries linked with low-paid employment.

The census first asked this question in 1911.

This question is about the main job you had on Sunday 21 March 2021. If you weren't working, answer about the last job you had.

Just give the organisation name for your main job. Don't give the names of any other organisations you work, or have worked, for.

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

Only select the box marked "No organisation or work (worked) for a private individual" if you are, or were:

  • self-employed without a business, for example, cash-in-hand work, or
  • employed by a private individual, for example, as a carer, personal assistant or au pair
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.

Agency workers

If you work, or worked, for an agency, give the name of the agency. Don't answer about the place where you work or worked.

For example, John is employed by a temping agency and works as an administrator in a school. He gives the name of the temping agency, not the school.

Important information:

Not enough space

If you run out of space, enter as much as the space allows. Only enter one character per box. You can use abbreviations such as Ltd for Limited, Inc. for Incorporated or Co. for Company.

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.