Lives in Work: Social Housing Tenants' Experiences of Employment and Unemployment

Julie Joyce Rugg, Leonie Kellaher

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This second qualitative report from the Real London Lives project focuses on respondents’ experience of employment. Compared with other tenures, social housing contains a higher proportion of residents who are not in work. Nevertheless, this report indicates that, for the majority of the respondents in the research, employment plays a central role in their lives and most households derived some income from paid work. This research echoes the first qualitative report on housing circumstances, and takes a ‘lifecourse’ approach to understanding tenant experiences. The ‘life course’ approach underlines the need to regard work status in more nuanced terms. ‘Employed’, ‘unemployed’ or ‘part-time working’ do not represent adequately the degree of engagement with the labour market, or ongoing trajectories.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherReal London Lives
Commissioning bodyg15 housing associations
Number of pages61
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2015


  • Social housing
  • employment
  • housing association

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