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London Workplace Zone Classification

The 2011 Census introduced a new output geography, Workplace Zones for the presentation of statistics on workers’ numbers and characteristics based on where they work. This has allowed the construction of classifications of these workplace populations, starting with the Classification of Workplace Zones for England and Wales (COWZ-EW) which was developed by the University of Southampton in 2015 using 2011 census data.

The London Workplace Zone Classification (LWZC) builds on COWZ-EW but incorporates data from other sources as well as census. A total of 92 variables were used to classify the 8,154 workplace zones in London.

The GLA have built several tools to help users get the most from LWZC:

  • An interactive visualisation tool made using Tableau presents maps, radar charts and comparisons of the groups and subgroups;
  • An excel dashboard provides the workplace zone level data;
  • Documentation includes a user guide, and a detailed technical report

In addition, interactive maps of LWZC are available via the Consumer Data Research Centre.