Class is still strongly linked with occupation...the question most Britons ask each other still is the tiresome 'What do you do?', with the questioner waiting with baited breath for the answer...which will either have questioner respect him/her, or treat him/her like scum...until the day they die.
Today, working class has now been almost destroyed, people argue that the early seventies was when the old school of 'working class' was to end...Arthur Scargill's rubbing up of the Tories under Edward Heath in 1974 had a sharp observer...Mrs. Thatcher, who made sure it would never happen again, and ten years later, Scargill and most workers north of the Midlands would see it in full, starting with police from South East England guarding coal fields in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire waving their over-time payslips at the striking miners - 'working class' 23 years later is seen in soap operas...nostalgia.
'What did you say you did, again?'
The Thatcher government measured class system in six levels;
A. Upper Middle Class. Higher managerial or professional. E.g Bishop, Established Doctor, Police Superintendent or above.
B. Middle Class. Intermediate managerial or professional. E.g Vicar, newly qualified Doctor or Solicitor, Farmer with 2-9 employees, Bank Chief Clerk.
C1. Lower Middle Class. Supervisory/clerical/ junior managerial or professional. E.g.Student doctor, foreman with 25+ employees, monk or nun, junior journalist
C2 Skilled Working Class. Skilled manual workers. E.g police constable, AA/RAC patrolman, bus driver, bricklayer or plumber
D. Working Class. Semi or unskilled manual workers. E.g. Supermarket shelf stacker, traffic warden, fisherman, apprentice
E. Lowest Level Subsistence. State pensioners or widows (no other earner), casual or lowest grade workers