The Erikson-Goldthorpe scheme is a four-dimensional measure, discriminating between different values of employment status, between manual and non-manual occupations, between agricultural and non-agricultural work, and between 'service' and 'labour'. 'Service' refers to occupations where the individual is entrusted with responsibility for their own work, is usually paid by a monthly salary, and is rewarded by career progression and job security. 'Labour' refers to occupations in which the worker provides a set amount of labour, usually for a weekly wage, and whose primary motivation comes from the supervision of superiors rather than through incentives.
The scheme has 11 non-ordinal categories, as follows:
Higher-grade professionals, self-employed or salaried.
Lower-grade administrators and officials.
Managers of small businesses.
|3a||Higher-grade workers in routine non-manual jobs|
|3b||Lower-grade workers in routine non-manual jobs|
|4a||Small proprietors, self-employed with employees|
|4b||Small proprietors, self-employed with no employees|
|4c||Farmers and smallholders|
|5||Lower-grade technicians, manual supervisors|
|6||Skilled manual workers|
|7a||Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers|
Individuals in the LS can be assigned to each of these groups based on their occupation and employment status using a look-up table. The look-up tables are available in the LS database and individuals can be coded by CeLSIUS staff on request.