Work status of London's households

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 15 January 2018

Household work status over time

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.