49. Where do you mainly work?

Why we ask this question

Your answer helps your community by allowing local and central government to understand how and where people commute.

Information about your workplace and how you commute helps to plan local public transport policies and plan services in your area.

The census first asked this question in 1901.

Select the option that best describes your main place of work for your current main job.

Important information:

How to answer if the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected where you mainly work

If you're currently working and the coronavirus pandemic has affected where you mainly work, select the answer that best describes your current circumstances.

If you're away from work on furlough, in quarantine or self-isolating, answer about where you mainly worked before being away.

  • If you work at more than one address, select where you work most of the time.
  • If you work equal hours at two or more places, answer about the one where you worked most recently.

For example, if you work from home three days a week, but go to another place of work on the other two days, select "At or from home" because you work from home most of the time.

At a workplace

Select this option if you work at a fixed building or site, such as a school, office building or retail outlet. You should also select this option if you report to a workplace but spend some time away during your shift. For example, if you're a police officer, firefighter or postal worker.

Report to a depot

Select this option if you report to a depot regularly for your work. A "depot" is a place for the storage of large quantities of equipment, food or goods. The term is also used for a place where buses, trains or other vehicles are kept and maintained. Examples could include:

  • train yard
  • bus or coach station
  • warehouse

At or from home

Select this option if your work involves working from your home most of the time.

An offshore installation

Select this option if you work on a fixed or mobile structure with facilities at sea, for example, an oil rig or drilling platform.

No fixed place

Select "No fixed place" if you travel constantly in your job and don't report to one place regularly. Examples could include:

  • travelling or door-to-door salespeople
  • market researchers who change locations constantly
  • cruise ship workers
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.