The employment gap presented here for London is the percentage point difference between the employment rate for one group and that for another, comparative, group of London residents. The employment gap between London’s male and female working age residents is 9 percentage points, as the percentage of London’s women aged 16-64 in employment is 72 per cent, while the equivalent employment rate for London’s men is 81 per cent. The London gender employment gap between men and women is larger than the UK gap, as, although the employment rate for women is similar, the male employment rate in London is slightly higher. At least some of this gap can be attributed to differences in employment levels between parents and those without dependent children. See parental employment for further information.
The London employment gap by gender was reducing before the recession, and fell sharply during the pandemic, as the employment rate for women continued to rise, while the employment rate for men decreased, but as the male employment rate increased between 2021 and 2022, so did the gender employment gap.