The Occupational Structure of England and Wales: the 1939 National Register

Matteo Calabrese, Robin Philips, Robert Keenan, Bas van Leeuwen

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A gap in the census surveys for England and Wales between 1921 and 1951 hinders the analysis of their labour structure for the interwar years. The present article uses a dataset containing occupational titles from the National Register – a census-like enumeration of 1939, recently digitised by the genealogy service ‘Find My Past’ – which was previously assigned numerical codes (the pst system). The study expands the existing data analysis on the occupational structure of England and Wales by introducing three further variables: the gender of the surveyed individuals, their age, and the shares of the inactive population per gender and age groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
JournalResearch Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • England and Wales
  • 1939 Register
  • region
  • population
  • occupation


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