Poverty and occupation

Occupation categories for those in in-work poverty (2018/19)

This indicator shows the occupation categories of those in in-work poverty in London and the rest of England. Of everybody experiencing working poverty, more worked in elementary occupations than any other type of job, with 17% of people in in-work poverty in London in an elementary occupation compared to 14% in the next biggest category - associate professional and technical occupations. 

These most common occupations contrast with the rest of England where ‘elementary occupations’ are also most common for those in in-work poverty, but the second place goes to ‘skilled trades’ (16%) and there is a smaller share within ‘associate professional and technical’ (9%) as well as ‘professional occupations’ (11%).

The picture is very different for those working but not counted as being in poverty in London where ‘professional occupations’ make up 29% of jobs.