The UK is less of a class-based society than it once was, but remnants of it do still exist. Broadly speaking, we all know what working class, middle class and upper class mean to us.
But nowadays social class is often used by public bodies, businesses and universities to categorise people. You sometimes hear about these classes in passing, e.g. the ubiquitous ABC1 male, but what does this actually mean?
The classes are summarised as follows:
|GRADE||SOCIAL CLASS||CHIEF INCOME EARNER’S OCCUPATION|
|A||upper middle class||Higher managerial, administrative or professional|
|B||middle class||Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional|
|C1||lower middle class||Supervisory or clerical and junior managerial, administrative or professional|
|C2||skilled working class||Skilled manual workers|
|D||working class||Semi and unskilled manual workers|
|E||non working||Casual or lowest grade workers, pensioners, and others who depend on the welfare state for their income|
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