Low-paid residents by borough

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 6 November 2018

Low paid residents by borough

What does this chart show?

This graph shows the proportion of employees in each borough who are low paid. The overall proportion of jobs held by employees living in London that were low paid over these two years was 22% (730,000 low-paid residents); 19% (260,000) in Inner London and 24% (470,000) in Outer London. However, there was much variation between the boroughs, with these proportions ranging from 11% for Richmond upon Thames to over 30% for four boroughs. Taking the ten boroughs with the highest proportions of residents who were low-paid, eight were in Outer London. 

In 2017/18, as in previous years, Newham had the highest proportion of residents who were low-paid at 32% (36,000 low-paid residents), though it has seen its low pay rate fall over the last few years. Brent, Enfield and Barking & Dagenham were all next at 31%. Brent had the highest number of low-paid residents at 38,000. Differences in the number of employees mean that some boroughs with high incidences of low pay, such as Barking and Dagenham, have relatively few low-paid residents (19,000), whereas Bromley, with the 7th lowest incidence of low pay, has 25,000 low-paid residents. Richmond and Wandsworth had the lowest proportion of low-paid residents, both at 11% (8,000 and 17,000 low-paid residents respectively).