Household work status

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Work status of London households (2004 - 2018)

The proportion of working-age households where none of the adults are in employment ('workless households') has fallen for over a decade, hitting a low of 8% in 2018, only slightly over half the 2004 rate of 15%. This means that, in 92% of working-age households in London, at least one adult does some work.

In 2018, there were 2.9 million households in London (48%) where all adults were in work. Another 2.6 million households in London (44%) contained some working adults and some who were not in work.