Poverty and qualifications

Date 20 April 2020
Date updated 20 April 2020

Proportion of adults in poverty by highest obtained qualification level (2017-18)

People with higher qualification levels are less likely to live in poverty. In London, 31% of people with fewer than 5 GCSEs and equivalent as their highest qualifications were in poverty. This compares to 21% of people with 5 GCSEs or higher as their highest qualifications. 

As with other poverty indicators, poverty rates are greater in London than the rest of England for both people with and without GCSEs. In fact, poverty rates in London for those with 5 GCSEs or higher are only three percentage points lower than for those with low qualifications in the rest of England.