Labour market activity

Economic activity status of Londoners aged 16 and over (2020/21 Q3)

Economic activity status of London men aged 16 and over (2020/21 Q3)

Economic activity status of London women aged and over (2020/21 Q3)

Nearly 4.68 million Londoners - 65% of the adult population - were in work of some kind as measured across the year to September 2021. This is higher than the 59% of adults who are employed in the rest of England. Nearly three in ten adults in London are classed as economically inactive (30%).

There are over 300,700 more men in work in London than women. The men who work in London are also more likely to be self-employed, with 13% of men who work in London doing so for themselves compared to 8% of women. 

Women are significantly more likely to be economically inactive than men, with 38% of women not working compared to 25% of men. For many types of inactivity, women and men have very similar rates, including long-term sickness, studying and temporary sickness. 

However, women were significantly more likely to not be working because they were looking after the home or family, with 8% of women (272,600 people) being homemakers compared to 30,800 men, just 1% of the total. Slightly more women were retired in London than men, possibly because women live longer than men on average. 

See our Reasons for Not Working indicator for more detail.