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Household work status and the income distribution

Key points

  • There is a strong link between employment and income.
  • Families with all adults in work are predominantly found in higher income quintiles.
  • Workless households, are overwhelmingly at the bottom of the income distribution, and make up 30% of people in households in the bottom fifth.

Household work status and the income distribution

What does this graph show?

This graph shows the position of people in the income distribution by whether they are in households where all adults work, only some work, none work, or if all adults are of pension age. Full-working families are predominantly found in higher income quintiles. But nonetheless over a fifth of those in the bottom quintile are in households where all adults are in work. Households where some adults work and some do not are common across the entire distribution, but tend to be more heavily concentrated towards the bottom. At 43% they make up the largest group in the bottom fifth. Workless households, are overwhelmingly at the bottom of the income distribution, and make up 30% of people in households in the bottom fifth.

Data used

Households Below Average Income, DWP.

Indicator last updated: 20 October 2015