Work status of London's households

What does this chart show?

This shows how household work status has changed over time in London for families with at least one working-age (16 – 64) adult. The proportion of households where all adults are working has remained fairly constant over time, apart from during the recession. In 2016, 47% of people in London were in a household where all adults were working. In the past 20 years the only time this has dropped below 47% was from 2009 to 2013. During this period there was a substantial fall in the proportion of people in a working household, to 42% in 2012.

The proportion of adults in a mixed household, where only some of the adults are working, has increased over the past 20 years. It increased from 35% in 2001 to 44% in 2016. It increased during the recession to its highest level in 2012 and 2013. It has since fallen, but represents nearly half of all those in a household where someone is of working age. This is significant as these households are more likely to be susceptible to in-work poverty, with one person’s earnings spread across two adults and any children.

The proportion of people in households where no adults are working has fallen considerably from 14% in 2001 to 8% in 2016. The number of workless households did not rise dramatically during the recession, and is now at its lowest point on available data.


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