Poverty and employment status

Date 20 April 2020
Date updated 20 April 2020

Employment status of all adults aged 16+ in poverty (2008/09 - 2017/18)

Just over half (51%) of those aged 16 and over who are in poverty in London are economically inactive (retired, long-term sick, studying or looking after the home). Another 6% are unemployed.

However, 44% of those aged 16 and over who are in poverty in London are working. As the employment rate in the capital has increased, the proportion of those in poverty in the capital who are working has also increased (from 35% in 2008/09 to 44% in 2017/18). In contrast, since 2012/13, the proportion of people in poverty who are unemployed - that is, not working but actively seeking work - has declined from 16% to 6% 

The proportion of people (aged 16 and over) in poverty who are working is higher in London (44%) than it is in the rest of England (39%).