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Low pay in London boroughs

Proportion of borough residents' jobs that are paid below London Living Wage (2023)

This page looks at jobs paid below London Living Wage across London boroughs. We've used data restricted to jobs held by people who live in London (residence-based), and their job may be based outside of London. For jobs located in boroughs, please see the Low-paid jobs in London indicator, chart four.

Most boroughs follow the same trend for London as a whole, with significant increases in low-paid jobs held by residents in most London boroughs between 2012 and 2020, and reductions in 2021 and 2022 (partly reflecting the distorting effects of the pandemic and furlough in London labour markets).

Brent was the borough in 2022 that saw the highest proportion of residents’ jobs being paid less than the London Living Wage with 23.6%, followed by Newham at 21.2%. By contrast, Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham were the only boroughs with less than 10% of resident’s jobs classified as low paid with 9.7% and 9.9% respectively.

The largest increases in London residents suffering from low pay in the last decade were in Kingston upon Thames, Merton and Sutton.