Employment and Income

People on lower incomes and in unskilled occupations generally experience poorer health and life expectancy.

Overall Cambridgeshire residents experience greater prosperity and less socio-economic deprivation than other parts of England.  But deprivation varies significantly across the county, with Fenland, north-east Cambridge and parts of North Huntingdon having the highest levels of relative deprivation.

There is currently a clear negative trend across the socio-economic determinants of health related to the economic downturn, and although Cambridgeshire as whole is relatively affluent; the patterns of inequality are mostly unchanged or worsened in some cases from previous years.

Unemployment has a negative effect on people’s mental and physical health.  The estimated unemployment rate in Cambridgeshire increased from 3.7% in September 2008 to 5.1% in 2010 – about one in twenty adults.

Between August 2008 and 2010, the percentage of population receiving benefits increased across all the districts with the highest being in Fenland.

In 2005-2009, the highest median household income was in South Cambridgeshire and the lowest was in Fenland. 

There is limited local data on employee health, occupational health services and prevention activities or opportunities in Cambridgeshire’s workplaces.