In-work poverty

In-work poverty after housing costs

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In-work poverty measures the number of people in poverty within households where at least one person is in employment as a proportion of all those living in poverty. The graph above shows the percentage of individuals affected by in-work poverty after housing costs (AHC) among working age adults in poverty and among children in poverty.  Both sets of data refer to Scotland as a whole.

In the last year shown, 2015/16, in-work poverty AHC increased for working age adults to 64% from 58% in 2014/15, and for children to 70% from 66% in 2014/15. Since 2000 the proportion of children in poverty affected by in-work poverty has increased significantly in Scotland from 42% to 70%. 


‘In-work poverty’ refers to those individuals living in households where at least one member of the household is working (either full or part-time) but where the household income is below the relative poverty threshold (<60% of the median UK income in the same year). This measure is calculated on income before housing costs and after housing costs, but on this page we only show the figures after housing costs. 

The figures above refer to Scotland rather than Glasgow as estimates below Scottish level are not available.

These data are derived from Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2015/16.

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