London’s Poverty Profile

Low-paid jobs by borough

What does this chart show?

This map shows the proportion of jobs in workplaces in each borough that are low paid. The overall proportion of jobs in workplaces paid below the LLW in London is 19% which is equivalent to 730,000 low-paid jobs. Jobs based in London are less likely to be low paid than the jobs worked by people living in London. The figure for Inner London is 14% (340,000 low-paid jobs) and for Outer London it is 27% (390,000). The lower proportion for Inner London reflects the large business districts such as the City and Canary Wharf, with highly paid jobs often taken by commuters. 

Tower Hamlets has the lowest proportion of low-paid jobs at 11% (23,000). This is followed by Islington, Southwark and Camden all at 12% and Westminster at 15%. These are all Inner London boroughs. These five boroughs have low proportions of low paying jobs but because they contain a large number of the jobs in London (1.4 million, 41%), together they make up a quarter (25%) of all low paying jobs in London. Westminster alone accounts for 16% of the jobs in London, and 11% of all low-paid jobs. It is the borough with the largest number of jobs, at 560,000, with 79,000 of them being low paid. 

Waltham Forest had the highest proportion of low-paid jobs at 37%, however, because it has a relatively small total number of jobs it only has 17,000 low-paid jobs. It is followed by Sutton (34%), Enfield (33%), Harrow (32%) and Bexley (32%). These are all Outer London boroughs. 

Some boroughs contain many more low-paid jobs than low-paid residents or vice versa. In Tower Hamlets only 11% of jobs are low paid whereas 19% of residents are low paid. Many of the higher paying jobs are not taken by residents of the borough. At the other end of the spectrum is Sutton where 34% of jobs are low paid but only 20% of residents are low paid.


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