Confused about the time-honoured class system and how it's evolved (or not)? Thanks to a BBC survey, sociologists have redrawn the map by identifying new markers of status.
The most advantaged and privileged group in Britain, set apart on the basis of their wealth. This group has the highest levels of economic, cultural and social capital.
Typical occupations: Dental practitioners; chief executive officers; financial managers; IT, financial, marketing, advertising and PR directors.
Household income: £89,082 ($136,689)
Household savings: £142,458 ($218,590)
Home value: £325,000 ($498,687)
Mean age: 57
Established middle class
The second wealthiest class is the largest and most gregarious group. Representing a quarter of the population, they are highly culturally engaged with strong social connections.
Typical occupations: Electrical engineers; environmental professionals; town planning officials; special-needs teaching professionals.
Household income: £47,184 ($72,411)
Household savings: £26,090 ($40,039)
Home value: £176,834 ($271,379)
Mean age: 46
New affluent workers
A young class group, which is socially and culturally active, but prefers popular culture: video games; social-networking sites; watching and playing sports; and rap and rock concerts. Mostly male (57 per cent), they come from non-middle class families and few have gone to university.
Typical occupations: Kitchen and catering assistants; electricians; plumbers; postal workers; retail cashiers; sales assistants.
Household income: £29,252 ($44,891)
Household savings: £4,918 ($7,547)
Home value: £128,639 ($197,416)
Mean age: 44
Technical middle class
A small, distinctive new class group of about 6 per cent of the national population, which is relatively prosperous, but scores low for social and cultural capital and is distinguished by its social isolation and cultural apathy. An above-average proportion of women (59 per cent).
Typical occupations: Pharmacists; physical scientists; aircraft pilots; higher education teachers; senior professionals in education establishments.
Household income: £37,428 ($57,439)
Household savings: £68,844 ($105,651)
Home value: £163,362 ($250,704)
Mean age: 52
Emergent service workers
A new, young, urban group, which is relatively poor but has high social and cultural capital. They prefer musical, sporting and Internet activities over “highbrow” culture. This classification has an unusually high proportion of ethnic minorities.
Typical occupations: Nursing assistants; bar staff; chefs; customer-service occupations; care workers; musicians.
Household income: £21,048 ($32,301)
Household savings: £1,138 ($1,746)
Home value: £17,968 ($27,574)
Mean age: 34
Traditional working class
This group is a throwback to earlier phases of Britain’s history, with more women than any other classification. They are moderately poor, but own their own homes and have modest savings. They score in the middle range of highbrow culture and the lowest on popular or “emerging” culture.
Typical occupations: Cleaners; care workers; medical and legal secretaries; residential, day and home-care workers.
Household income: £13,305 ($20,418)
Household savings: £9,500 ($14,579)
Home value: £127,174 ($195,168)
Mean age: 66
Precariat, or precarious proletariat
The poorest, most deprived class, scoring low for social and cultural capital. They are a relatively large group of the U.K. population (15 per cent), often located away from large urban areas. It is unlikely they attended university and they have a high amount of financial insecurity.
Typical occupations: Carpenters; van drivers; care workers; cleaners; cashiers; shopkeepers.
Household income: £8,253 ($12,665)
Household savings: £793 ($1,216)
Home value: £26,958 ($41,366)
Mean age: 50