Households and their work status

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 28 October 2020

Work status of London households (2004 - 2019)

The proportion of working-age households where none of the adults are in employment (“workless households”) has been consistently low at 8% since 2016, having almost halved since 2004 when 15% of households contained nobody in employment. This means that in 2019, at least one adult does some work in 92% of working-age households in London.

In 2019 there were 3 million households in London (50%) where all adults were in work. Another 2.6 million households in London (43%) contained some working adults and some who were not in work.