Poverty in the administrative and health sectors

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Over recent years, most industries have not seen dramatic changes in their poverty rates and numbers. The two exceptions to this are administration and support services, and human health and social work activities.

Since 2011/12 the poverty rate for administration and support services has gone up by 4 percentage points from 19% to 23%. This equates to an additional 160,000 workers in poverty. This increase means it now has the second highest poverty rate of all industries.

In this same period, the poverty rate for workers in human health and social work activities has gone up by a smaller 3 percentage points, but by a larger 190,000 workers. This is the largest increase of workers in poverty of all industries.

The data presented here is from our 2022 UK Poverty report, setting out the trends and impacts of poverty across the UK. Read the full report at UK Poverty 2022.