Occupational strati¿cation is widely recognised as one of the backbones of classic and modern sociology. From the construction of the ¿rst status scale (Counts 1925) to today, a vast body of knowledge has been produced concerning the different ways to conceptualise and measure the dimensions of strati¿cation. Since around 1950, occupational hierarchies – in the form of prestige, status or social distance scales – have been used in empirical research as the main indicator of social strati¿cation, for instance in modeling the status attainment process in the style of Blau and Duncan (1967).