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Low-paid residents by borough

Key points

  • Around 20% of employees living in London were low paid between 2011 and 2013.
  • The proportion of residents paid less than the London Living Wage was highest in Newham (37%) followed by Brent (32%).
  • The borough with the lowest proportion of residents in low paid work was Richmond upon Thames (11%)

What does this map show?

The map shows the proportion of people in low-paid work by the borough of residence. The pattern is very different to that by the location of jobs - the Inner and Outer difference is much less stark. On average, around 20% of employees living in London were low paid between 2011 and 2013. A slightly higher proportion of those living in Outer London were low paid than in Inner London (21% and 19% across the three years respectively).

Over a third (37%) of employees living in Newham were paid less than the London Living Wage between 2011 and 2013. The next highest was Brent; 32% of employees living there were low paid over this time period. With 29% of jobs in the borough paying below the London Living Wage, Brent also has the 4th highest proportion of employees working in low paid jobs in the area. Similarly, Waltham Forest has the 4th highest proportion of employees living in the borough that are low paid as well as the third highest proportion of employees living in the borough that are low paid. By contrast, only one in ten of those living in Richmond upon Thames or Kensington & Chelsea were low paid over these years. High rents in this borough may prevent many low-paid people from affording to live there.

Compared with 2006-2008, most boroughs have seen small increases in the number of low-paid employees living within them. The most dramatic change is Newham, which has seen a ten percentage point increase over this time period. Haringey, Brent and "Redbridge" have seen six percentage point increases.

The distribution of low pay shows a different pattern to worklessness and benefit recipiency pattern of low pay is also different when looking at low paid jobs by borough.

Data used

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, ONS, average for 2011 to 2013

Indicator last updated: 14 August 2014