Underutilised labour market capacity

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Underutilised labour market capacity in London (2008 - 2019)

The number of people wanting to work more than they currently do has fallen steadily in London since 2012. For example, 10.7% of Londoners aged 16-64 were in this position in 2019, compared to 14.4% in 2014.

Each component part of this group has also fallen. For example, 2.6% of working-age adults were in part-time jobs because they could not find a full-time job in 2019, compared to 3.4% in 2014. The combined proportion of people who are not working but would like to (unemployed or inactive but wanting work) has fallen from 11.0% of the working-age population in 2014 to 8.1% in 2019.

Whilst this fall is positive, for those still left wanting more work, there are clear implications for the experience of in-work poverty, demonstrated in other London's Poverty Profile indicators.