Women

Key findings

Women

in London live longer than men - but not in better health.

55%

of all London's low-paid jobs are held by women.

980,000

women in London are not in paid work - of which 340,000 are looking after the family or home.

Overview

Official statistics measure poverty by household rather than for individuals.  So it isn't currently possible to put a figure on the poverty rate for women.  However, there are indicators in this section on work, low pay, health and homelessness. Because around 90% of single parent families are headed by women, we have included data on these family types in this section.

270,000 Londoners were unemployed in 2016, and it is almost evenly split between women and men for the first time. However, women remain much less likely than men to be in paid work, usually because of caring responsibilities. This is especially pronounced for some London women who were born overseas particularly in Afghanistan or Somalia. 

Women in work remain more likely to be low-paid than men. In 2016 the biggest group among the low paid were female part-time employees at 220,000. Overall, 55% of low-paid jobs are done by women. There was an 87% increase in the number of full-time, low-paid women in London between 2011 and 2016 (compared to an overall increase in low-paid jobs of 52%). 

Only 15% of rough sleepers are women. This partly reflects the fact that homeless women with children are usually regarded as in "priority need" by local authorities who accept their responsibility to house them. Single parent families are particularly likely to be living in temporary accommodation sourced by local authorities.


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