Working-age adults

Use the interactive tool below to navigate indicators that show how poverty and inequality affects working-age adults in London.

Working-age adults: Indicators

19-year-olds without Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications (2004/05-2019/20)

Qualification levels of 19-year-olds have significantly improved over time. This is particularly evident in Inner London where the proportion of 19-year-olds without Level 3 qualifications (A Levels and equivalents) has fallen from 61.1% in 2004/05 to 33.5% in 2019/20.

As a result of this, 19 year-olds in Inner London now perform more or less on a par with young people in Outer London and better than their peers in the rest of England (where 44.1% of 19-year-olds lack Level 3 qualifications).

A similar trend can be seen in Level 2 qualifications (the equivalent of GCSEs), although the proportion of 19-year-olds without these qualifications (in London and the rest of England) has risen slightly since 2014/15.

Level 3 attainment gap between Free School Meals and non-Free School Meals students at 19 years-of-age (2005-2020)

The attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students is lower in Inner London than in Outer London and lower in Outer London than it is in the rest of England. 

In Inner London in 2020, 19 year olds who were eligible for Free School Meals at the end of Key Stage 4 were 13 percentage points less likely to have gained Level 3 qualifications (equivalent to A levels) than their peers who were not eligible for Free School Meals. In Outer London the figure was 20 percentage points and in the rest of England it was 28 percentage points.

Looking over the past decade, the attainment gap has remained fairly consistent, with Inner London always having a smaller gap than Outer London or the rest of England. 

Pandemic Claimant Count Change: Baseline and Increase Levels (2020-21)

Key findings

  • Every area has seen an increase in claims
  • Average threefold increase
  • Significant increase in areas with historically high levels of employment (shown in orange)
  • Areas with higher numbers of food service, transportation and hospitality workers hit hard (east Newham, north Brent, south Waltham Forest and south Hillingdon)

Every area has seen an increase in the claimant count, with the average being almost a tripling across the 14 month period. The size of the increase, however, is uneven. While some areas have historically had high unemployment levels, other areas with traditionally high levels of employment have seen substantial increases, well over and above the London average, while others have been less impacted.

The first map above shows the size of the increase in each of London's ~4800 small statistical areas (LSOAs) and…

Child dependency ratio by area over time (2000 - 2030)

The child dependency ratio in the rest of England is higher compared to Inner London, but lower compared to Outer London.

In 2020, there were 33.9 children for every 100 working-age adults within Outer London. This figure is both higher than the child dependency ratio in Inner London (26.4 children per 100 working-age adults) and the rest of England (30.8 children per 100 working-age adults).

The child dependency ratio is an indication of how many under 16s working-age people need to support. Since 2000, the child dependency ratio has fallen in Inner London and the rest of England but risen in Outer London. Across London and England, the child dependency ratio is projected to decline after 2020.

Destinations of KS5 school leavers in London, after two terms (2019/20)

34% of young people completing KS5 (post-GCSE qualifications) in London in 2019/20 were classed as disadvantaged, compared to 24% in the rest of England. In London, the most common destination was higher education, with similar numbers of disadvantaged (43%) and non-disadvantaged (47%) students going to university. This is very different from the rest of England, where a lower proportion of people attend higher education overall, and the gap between disadvantaged (26%) and non-disadvantaged (38%) students is much greater. In London, young people are less likely to enter work (17%, compared to 25% in the rest of England) or begin an apprenticeship (4%, compared to 8% in the rest of England).

Pupils are classified as disadvantaged in Year 11 if they are either eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years or were looked after by a loca…

Actual weekly hours by gross weekly pay quintile across Q2 - Q3 in London and the rest of England (2010-2021)

Looking at hours worked within London and the rest of England can give us a useful insight on our working patterns pre- and post-pandemic. Actual hours worked are heavily impacted by external factors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas usual hours are not expected to change much over the years. 

Actual hours worked varied particularly between 2019 and 2020 for the bottom income quintiles within England. Within London, the decline in actual hours worked for the 2nd income quintile is most extreme between 2019 and 2020 - dropping from 36.8 to 25.6 hours per week. For almost all income quintiles, the amount of actual hours worked has bounced back to pre-pandemic levels as the economy recovers. However, for those in the 2nd income quintile, the amount of hours in 2021 (33.1 hours) are still below pre-pandemic levels in 2019 (36.8 hours).


London households affected by the benefit cap (2014-2021 Q3)

The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most working-age people can receive. In London, the limit is £23,000 per year or £15,410 for single adults with no children; this was reduced in 2015. The benefit cap is applied by either reducing Universal Credit or Housing Benefit (for those not claiming Universal Credit).

The benefit cap reduced the benefits of 39,573 more London families in August 2021 compared to August 2019 (pre-pandemic). This means that the number of families with their benefits capped in London has tripled in the last two years. 

A possible explanation for this unprecedented increase could be the influx of new households on Universal Credit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the additional £20 pound per week for those on Universal Credit could place households in a position where their benefits …

Work status of London households (2004-2020)

The proportion of working-age households where none of the adults are in employment (“workless households”) has been consistently low at 8% since 2016, havng almost halved since 2004 when 15% of households contained nobody in employment. This means that in 2020, at least one adult does some work in 92% of working-age households in London.

In 2020 there were over 3 million households in London (51%) where all adults were in work. Another 2.5 million households in London (42%) contained some working adults and some who were not in work.

Work status of London households by net income quintile (2019/20)

This indicator shows that household work status is closely related to household net incomes. Overall, households with lower net incomes are more likely to include inactive, retired or unemployed adults.

For example, just 7.6% of those in the bottom 20% of the net income distribution live in households where all adults work, while 56.6% of those in the top 20% of the net income distribution live in households where all adults work. On the contrary, one in five of those in the bottom net income quintile live in workless households, compared to just 2.1% of those in the top net income quintile.

Life expectancy at birth by London borough (2017-19)

This indicator shows overall life expectancy at birth as well as healthy life expectancy. The latter indicates the number of years a person can expect to live in good health rather than with a disability or in poor health.

Overall, life expectancy is higher for women than for men in 2017 to 2019. This is true across all London boroughs. However, this is less clear for healthy life expectancy, with some boroughs having a longer healthy life expectancy for men than women. For example, healthy life expectancy for men in Tower Hamlets is 62.9 years whereas for women it is only 59.2 years.

The highest life expectancy for both men and women is in Westminster, with 84.9 and 87.2 respectively. The lowest life expectancy for both men (78.1 years) and women (82.3 years) is found in Barking and Dagenham, however it is notable that the borough perform…

This page looks at jobs held by London residents that are paid below the London Living Wage broken down by:

  • employment type (full-time and part-time)
  • sex
  • sex and employment type
  • ethnicity
  • disability
  • qualification level
  • employment status (permanent and non-permanent)

These may be located within London or outside the capital. For a similar analysis focused on jobs located in London only, please see 'Low-paid jobs in London'.

From the introduction of the London Living Wage in 2005, low-paid jobs held by Londoners rose over the decade to 2015, when almost 1 in 4 jobs (23.4%) held by Londoners were low-paid.

Although the number of jobs held by London residents in low-paid jobs was split more or less evenly between those in part-time and those in full-time jobs, the proportions are quite different. While more than 1 in 2 part-time jobs held by…

This page looks at jobs paid below London Living Wage across London boroughs. Here we use data restricted to jobs held by people who live in London (residence-based), and their job may be based outside of London. For jobs located in boroughs, please see 'Low-paid jobs in London', chart four.

Most boroughs follow the same trend for London as a whole, with significant increases in low-paid jobs held by residents in most London boroughs between 2011 and 2019, and reductions in 2020 and 2021 (partly reflecting the distorting effects of the pandemic and furlough in London labour markets). 

Brent and Enfield were the boroughs in 2021 that saw the highest proportions of residents’ jobs being paid less than the London Living Wage with 29.5% and 29% respectively. By contrast, Kensington and Chelsea and Richmond upon Thames saw only 10.5% …

Old-age dependency ratio by area over time (2000 - 2030)

Both Inner and Outer London have a lower old-age dependency ratio than the rest of England. In Inner London in 2020, there were 13.6 people over the age of 65 for every 100 working-age adults. This compares to 21.6 in Outer London and 32.1 in the rest of England. 

The dependency ratio reflects the degree to which the working-age population and national and local government might need to support those who are retired. As the population ages, the dependency ratio is projected to increase quite rapidly.

Proportion of Londoners aged 16-64 receiving out-of-work benefits by benefit type (2013 - 2021) (Q2)

The proportion of working-age Londoners on out-of-work benefits fell between 2013 and 2018 with a modest increase in 2019. 2020 and 2021 however has seen a large increase in Universal Credit claimants (out of work) compared to 2019 (3.3% to 9.2% and 10.6% of people aged 16-64). This, at least partly, likely reflects employment status changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The types of benefits claimed by those out of work has also changed in recent years, as Universal Credit has rolled out across the capital. For example, 0.4% of working-age Londoners were out of work and claiming Universal Credit in 2016. By May 2019, this proportion had risen to 3.3% of the working-age population and just over a year after the pandemic began (May 2021) 10.6% of those out of work were claiming Universal Credit. 

Compared to London, the proportion of the wo…

Indexed gross hourly pay in London and England (2002-2021)

In both London and the rest of England, growth in hourly earnings between 2014 and 2021 was fastest for the bottom 10% of jobs. Compared to 2008 (real term) level of hourly earnings, Londoners in the 10th job pay percentile have seen an increase of 11%. The rise was likely driven by the increase in the minimum and living wages. The National Living Wage increased from £7.50 an hour (paid to workers over 25) in 2017/18 to £8.91 an hour (paid to workers over 23) in 2021. 

Between 2020 and 2021 there is a clear decline in hourly gross pay for the top job pay percentiles (in 2021 real terms). The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have an economic impact on the hourly gross pay of those higher paid jobs (above the median), as they aren’t protected by the increase in minimum and living wages as the bottom jobs at the bottom percentiles are.

When looking…

Indexed gross annual pay in London and England (2002-2021)

Annual earnings dropped tremendously since 2008 (in real terms) where in 2014 the bottom 10th percentile saw the largest decrease of 20.6%. 

Up to 2020, there has been an increase in annual pay, in particular for the top 90th percentile as gross annual pay also includes bonuses. In 2020, the 90th percentile was close to their 2008 level annual earnings, shy only of 1.9%. 

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is clearly evident in the figures for 2021, as pay takes a downward turn for both the bottom 10th percentile, the 50th percentile (the median), and the 90th percentile. The 90th percentile seems to be hit harder than the 10th percentile in terms of the reduction in gross annual pay.

Comparing annual earnings between different time periods gives a clearer picture to annual pay growth or decline over time. When looking at the change in ann…

People seen sleeping rough by outreach workers by borough (2020/21)

More people are recorded sleeping rough in central London than they are in the outer boroughs. By far, Westminster is the borough with the most people recorded sleeping rough, with 2,160 people known to outreach workers there, more than three times the number in Camden, the next highest borough. The most central area of London - the City - saw slightly over 350 people sleeping rough, but this should be seen in the context of the small size of the City. Ealing is the borough with the third highest number of people sleeping rough (620 people seen), a sign of the spreading of housing pressures to outer boroughs. These figures describe the situation over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which councils took unprecedented measures to accommodate people who sleep rough.

Proportion of households in poverty by family type (2019-20)

Poverty rates amongst most household types in London are higher than in the rest of England. For example, the poverty rate for couple pensioners (23%) in London is almost twice that of couple pensioners (13%) in the rest of England. Similarly, 28% of couples with children are in poverty in London compared to 21% in the rest of England. Couples without children have similar poverty rates in both London (12%) and the rest of England (13%).

Single parents with children are more likely to be in poverty than any other type of household. Half of single parents in London (50%) were in poverty, more than four times the proportion of couples without children.

Poverty for children, pensioners and working-age adults (2009/2010 and 2019/2020)

Children, working age adults and pensioners all have higher rates of poverty in London than in the rest of England. Of the three age groups, children have the highest poverty rates, with 38% of children in London in poverty in 2019/20, compared to 24% of working-age adults and 25% of pensioners. 

In both London and the rest of England, poverty rates fell between 2009/10 and 2010/20 for children and working-age adults in the rest of England, although, poverty rates remained flat for children in the rest of England at 29%. Also, the poverty rate for pensioners rose in London but remained flat in the rest of England. 

Proportion of Londoners in poverty after housing costs by age band (2019/20)

In both London and the rest of England, poverty rates (after housing costs) are highest amongst children and young people in 2019/20. 

In London:

  • Under a quarter of a million (220,000) children aged four and under live in households in poverty;
  • More than a third of children aged up to 14 are in households in poverty (35% of those aged 0-4, 36% of those aged 5-9 and 41% of those aged 10-14); and
  • Two out of five 15 to 19 year-olds (41%) live in households that are in poverty. 

In contrast, one in five Londoners aged 25-29 (19%) live in households that are in poverty - the lowest rate for any age group. 

Poverty rates in London are higher than those in the rest of England for people of all ages. 

The impacts of housing costs on poverty in the capital can again be seen by comparing these findings to those from measures of poverty before housing cos…

How much weekly income is needed to not be in poverty?

Household types Minimum Income Standard - Inner London (AHC), 2020 Minimum Income Standard - Outer London (AHC), 2020 UK poverty line - After Housing Costs, 2020 Destitution, 2020
Single, working-age £276 £253 £141 £70
Couple, working-age £379 £408 £244 £105
Single, pensioner £212 £188 £141 NA
Couple, pensioner £393 £325 £244 NA
Lone parent, one child (aged one) £297 £315 £190 £95
Couple with two children (aged three and seven) £514 £532 £346 £145

Note: MIS figures are updated to reflect the report produced by Loughborough University for TfL in 2029. For family types where updates are not available we have carried forward the 2016/17 data and adjusted for inflation by CPIH. Destitution is defined by the JRF as people who went without 2 or more essentials in the past month because they couldn't afford them, or their income is extremely low

Data source: Poverty thresholds are from Households Below Average Income 2019/20, Department for Work and Pensions. Minimum Income Standard thresholds are based on the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for London, Trust for London 2020. Destitution in the UK 2020, JRF

The table shows different definitions and thresholds necessary to not be considered either in poverty or deprived. The amount of income is dependent on the type of household.

The Mini…

Number of children, adults, and pensioners in London in poverty by working status (2009/2010, 2014/2015 and 2019/2020)

As employment rates have increased in the capital, so too has the number of adults in poverty who are in working families. In 2009/10 870,000 working-age adults were in poverty in working families, compared to 1 million in 2019/20 (a 15% increase over the decade). This tendency is stronger for children in working families in poverty: 380,000 children were in this position in 2009/10, compared to 610,000 in 2019/20 (an increase of 60% over the decade).

In contrast, the number of working-age adults and children in poverty who are in workless families have both fallen over the last decade.

The number of pensioners in poverty in the capital has remained broadly stable in the last decade, with 260,000 in poverty in 2019/20.

Whilst there are more people in poverty in working families than in workless families, this - at least in part - is a refle…

Poverty rates by demographic characteristics in London (2019/20)

Poverty rates vary significantly across different demographic groups in London and the rest of England.

Overall, poverty rates amongst men and women are similar. However, in the rest of England both men and women have a lower poverty rate (both 21%) compared to those in London (28% and 29% respectively).

Both in London and the Rest of England, poverty rates are higher for BME people (39% and 38%) than for White groups (21% and 19%). Amongst the different family types, single parents with children are most likely to experience poverty. In London, 53% of this group were in poverty in 2019/20. Between 2014/15 and 2019/20, London pensioners experienced the largest increase in poverty rates. The poverty rate for couple pensioners rose by 6 percentage points (from 15% to 21%) and for single pensioners also by 6 percentage points (from 22% to 28%…

Proportion of people in London in poverty by type of working household over time (1998/99 - 2019/20)

Household work status is closely related to the likelihood of the household being in poverty. This indicator focuses on poverty rates for families in London where at least one adult does some work. It shows that, on average, the fewer adults who are in work, the more likely the household is to be in poverty:

  • Those where no adult works full-time but at least one works part-time have the highest poverty rate, with half of people (50%) living in such households being in poverty.
  • In contrast, only 9% of people who live in households where all of the adults work full-time are in poverty. 
  • In households with two adults where only one works full time, the poverty rate is higher for those where the other adult does not work (34%) than those where the other adult works part-time (14%). 

Poverty rates across all working households in London have incre…

Premature deaths per 100,000 under-75 year olds by London borough (2018-20)

The rate of premature deaths is lower in the majority of London boroughs compared to England overall. However, 10 London boroughs have rates of premature deaths that are higher than that of England overall.

Premature deaths are calculated as an average across three years (from 2018 to 2020) and look at the mortality rate for all deaths under the age of 75. They are presented as a rate per 100,000 people aged under 75 in each area. Since they are three-year averages, the impact of COVID-19 (in 2020) on mortality rates cannot be isolated from the latest datapoint.

The average number of deaths per 100,000 under-75 year olds in England is 330, whereas in London it is 303. Barking and Dagenham has, on average, the highest premature death rate (449 per 100,000 under-75 year olds), whereas Kensington and Chelsea has the lowest detectable rate (23…

Numbers of non-working men and women aged 16-64 in London (2019/20 Q1 and 2020/21 Q3)

This indicator shows the reasons for not working for men and women, as well as the number of working-age people who are not working in London.

The number of men who are not working increased from 2019/20 to 2020/21 from 600,000 to 680,000, while the number of women who are not working stayed similar, around 900,000. The increase in the number of non-working men is likely the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is largely fuelled by a rise in unemployment from 130,000 to 165,000, an increase of 25%. The number of students, retired and inactive men also increased.

The largest difference between men and women is the proportion of those who do not work because they are looking after their family or home. While only 4% of non-working men fall in this category, 29% of women do.

The proportion of women who cite looking after family or home as thei…

Population by age-groups (2020)

More than one in 10 people living in Inner London (11.1%) are aged between 30 and 34. This compares to just 6.3% of those in the rest of England. More broadly, in Inner London, almost half the population is made up out of those who are in their early twenties to early forties (46.2%), compared to the rest of England where three in 10 (30.8%) are in this age group, and Inner London is home to a higher proportion of young people than Outer London. 

This is caused by people moving to Inner London for work early in their careers and then leaving as they start families. The largest five-year age band is 30 to 34 year olds in Inner London, 35 to 39 year olds in Outer London and 50 to 54 year olds in the rest of England. A relatively small proportion of London’s population is over 65; 10% in Inner London and 13.8% in Outer London compared to 19.…

Average travel time by public transport to jobs and services by neighbourhood income deprivation decile (2017)

Based on average travel times by public transport, Londoners have much better access to jobs and services than people in the rest of England. For example, the average journey time by public transport to the nearest large employment centre from the 10% most deprived areas is 20 minutes in London compared to 26 minutes in the rest of England. 

Based on the same measure, people living in the most income-deprived areas of London have slightly better access than those in less income-deprived areas. The average journey time to public services is more than 20% longer for the least deprived areas in London than the most deprived areas. 

Journey times are only part of how well Londoners can access jobs and services. Price is also an important factor with people on low incomes unable to make the most of the opportunities provided by the city’s publi…

Underutilised labour market capacity in London (2008/09 - 2021/21 Q3)

The number of people in London wanting to work more than they currently do fell steadily from 17% of the working-age population in 2011/12 to 11% in 2018/19, before increasing slightly to 13% in 2020/21. This latter period is the first complete year post COVID-19 which may account for the small rise, despite initiatives such as the furlough.

Since a peak in 2011/12, the proportion of people who are unemployed fell from 7.2% to 3.7% in 2019/20, before an uptick in 2020/21 to 5.2%. The proportion who are part- time but want full time work fell from 3.8% to 2.4%, before slightly increasing to 2.7% in 2020/21, and the proportion who are economically inactive but wanting work dropped from it’s peak of 6.7% in 2011/12 before gradually increasing from 4.4% in 2018/19 to 4.7% in 2020/21.

Whilst this fall is positive, for those still left wanting m…

Unemployment rates in London for men and women (1992-2021 Q3)

The unemployment rate in London more than halved since its post-financial crisis peak in 2011 (10.3%) to 4.5% in 2019. 2020 saw it increase substantially to 6.6%, reaching levels not seen since 2014, before starting to drop back again in 2021 (5.4%). This increase is likely the result of the slowdown of the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the very start of which is captured by this indicator. Other factors, such as those put on furlough and the change in inactivity within the labour market, should also be considered. 

Over the past three decades, the gender split of unemployment has become more even. In 1993 the unemployment rate was more than 40% higher amongst men compared to women, but by the early 2010s the numbers were broadly similar for both genders. Since 2011, the unemployment rate has fallen similarly for both women (fr…

Unemployment rate over time (2004/05 - 2020/21 Q2)

After peaking in the aftermath of the financial crisis, unemployment followed a steady decline until 2019/20: in Inner London, it halved from 10.5% in 2010/11 to 4.5%, dropping below its pre-crisis levels by 2014/15; while in Outer London, it declined from 9.2% in 2011/12 to 4.7% in 2018/19, and it did not recover its pre-crisis levels until 2015/16. 

Throughout this period, unemployment has remained consistently higher in London than in England as a whole, where the rate stood at 4.9% in the 12 months to September 2021 compared to 6.5% for London overall.

2020/21 shows a clear change in the declining trend that defined the story of unemployment since the financial crisis. The notable surge in 2020/21 is likely a result of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which appears to have been sharper in London, particularly in Inner Lond…

Unemployment rate by London borough (2015-18 and 2018-21 Q3)

The borough with the highest average unemployment rate in the 2018-2021 Q3 period was Barnet (8.2%), replacing Tower Hamlets from the comparison period October 2015 to September 2018 (then 9.1%, now 6.2%). The borough with the lowest unemployment rate is Kingston upon Thames (3.8%). Merton had the lowest unemployment across 2015 to 2018 Q3 at 3.3%.

Unlike in previous quarters, change between our time periods now shows a mixed picture, with the large falls taking place in Tower Hamlets (-2.9ppts) and Kensington and Chelsea (-2.4ppts), whereas unemployment has seen rises in Barnet (+4.1ppts), Waltham Forest (+3.2ppts), Hillingdon (+2.7ppts), and Hammersmith and Fulham (+2ppts).

The figures presented here are averages of three-year periods, with each survey year representing 12 months between October and September quarters.

Unemployment rates by age group (2004/05 - 2020/21 Q3)

Unemployment rates have increased in the year to September 2021, and this has been felt most acutely in London by those aged 16-24, who have seen it increase from 16% to 20%.

Unemployment rates for all age groups are higher in London than in the rest of England, which has been true for the whole time period covered by this indicator. Unemployment in London has always been most prevalent amongst those aged between 16 and 24, compared to just 5% of those aged between 25 and 64. Unemployment is also low for those aged 65 and over, at 4% in 2020/21, however relatively few in this group are either in work or seeking work as the majority are retired. 

Compared to other age groups, the unemployment rate for those aged between 16 and 24 also rose faster following the financial crisis and has fallen faster since 2014, bottoming in 2018/19 to then r…

Proportion of workers in London in temporary employment (2010-2021 Q3)

Around 5% of people in work in London are on temporary contracts. Temporary contracts are more prevalent amongst women in work than men: around 60% more women than men were on a temporary contract in 2021.  

The proportion of workers on temporary contracts has remained relatively consistent over the past decade, fluctuating between just under 5% and just over 6% of all workers. In 2021, 0.92% of women in work and 0.6% of men in work were on a temporary contract and reported that it was because they could not find a permanent job.

Proportion of London's working-age population who are not in paid work by ethnic group (2009/10 and 2020/21 Q3)

In the decade up to 2020/21, every major ethnic group in London has seen a fall in the proportion of people who are not in paid work. 

People of Pakistani/Bangladeshi background have the highest rates of not being in paid work, with 39% of the working-age population not working. This is, however, down from 52% a decade ago. 

The largest fall in rates of worklessness can be seen in people of 'Other' ethnicity.

Indian people have the lowest rate of being out of work (21%), and White people have seen the smallest fall (of 5 percentage points) in the last decade. 

The definition of worklessness used here includes unemployment as well as many types of economic inactivity including looking after the family/home, students, long term and temporary sickness etc. (see our indicator on Reasons for Not Working for a full list of these groups).…

Worklessness for men and women in London by country of birth (2020/21 Q3)

Just under two-thirds (65%) of working-age women in London who were born in Pakistan did not work in the year to September 2020/21, the highest rate of any nationality. Bangladeshi women are not far behind with 64% not working. Of men in London who were born overseas, those from Bangladesh and the Philippines have the joint-highest rate of worklessness (30% and 28%). 

Women originally from Portugal had the lowest rates of worklessness (14%), while those from Australia and Germany had the lowest rate for men (9%). For most countries, the worklessness rate is higher for women than men, although this trend does not hold true for countries such as Lithuania, Portugal, and Italy.