Workers in temporary employment

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Proportion of workers in London in temporary employment (2008 - 2019)

Over 5% of people in work in London are on temporary contracts. Temporary contracts are more prevalent amongst women in work than men: 50% more women than men were on a temporary contract in 2019.  

The proportion of workers on temporary contracts has remained relatively consistent over the past decade, fluctuating between 5% and 6% of all workers. In 2019, 1.15% of women in work and 0.53% of men in work were on a temporary contract and reported that it was because they could not find a permanent job.