Additional occupational data
The start of the twentieth century was a time of rapid industrial and technological development in Britain and the government needed a specific idea of which industries were in growth or decline. So in the 1911 census people were asked for the first time to state which industry they worked in, in addition to their profession or trade.
Many people misinterpreted this request and provided more information than they needed to, giving the name (and sometimes address) of their employer, as well as the industry.
This has added benefits for the family historian who can get a fuller picture of the daily life of their ancestors, and in some cases follow an additional path through the employer details for further research.
The world in 1911