Top five occupations at the time of the 1921 Census for England and Wales

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06 January 2022
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The 1921 Census provides a snapshot of the nation on 19 June 1921
As the 1921 Census for England and Wales is released, we take a look at the top five occupations for men and women in that year.

On 6 January 2022, FindMyPast and the UK National Archives announced the release of the 1921 Census for England and Wales

Capturing the details of over 38 million people and 8.5 million households, as well as public and private institutions, it truly is a snapshot of England and Wales at the start of the 1920s.

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But as well as telling us about the names and ages of each person on the census, the 1921 Census gathered more information than ever before, including asking people about their place of work and employer.

Top 5 occupations in 1921

Women

1. Private Personal Service e.g., domestic servant

2. Cotton Manufacture

3. Local Government

4. Dealing in Textiles, Drapery, and Clothing 

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5. Dress and Blouse Making 

Men

1. Coal mining 

2. Agriculture 

3. Building & Contracting 

4. Central Civil Government & Defence 

5. Railway Transport 

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Report and statistics courtesy FindMyPast/The UK National Archives