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14 July 2016

London’s Mayor calls for employers to close the gender pay gap

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on employers to close the pay gap for women, as he launched a major action plan to ensure full pay equality across the Greater London Authority (GLA) and other bodies within the GLA. Khan states that the gap is caused by not having enough women in senior roles, an issue he is determined to address. Khan has tasked officials with bringing forward an urgent plan to do so, if necessary by bringing in outside experts
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Khan’s vow to support women in gaining equal pay and equal access to senior positions comes as he fulfils a manifesto commitment, with City Hall today publishing a full gender pay audit of all its staff.
The Mayor is instructing other bodies within the Greater London Authority family, including Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade, to follow suit by producing their own gender pay audit and publishing follow-up plans on how they propose to narrow any gaps.
Khan’s plans to boost female representation at the most senior levels at City Hall include increasing the availability of part-time and flexible-working options and aiding career progression within those roles. City Hall is also offering mentoring, career-support programmes and sponsorship for qualifications. It is training managers to ensure the recruitment process is as fair as possible and piloting “no name” application forms. 
Sadiq Khan said: “I have vowed to be a proud feminist at City Hall, and I am determined to make the Greater London Authority a model employer that removes any barriers to women by adopting the highest possible standards for fair pay, good working conditions and gender equality.
"These figures show that, while City Hall compares favourably with the London average for employers, much more needs to be done to get our own house in order.
"There is an unacceptable pay gap between men and women at City Hall – I am determined to address this."
Khan continued: “It is unacceptable that in London, one of the world’s greatest and most progressive cities, someone’s pay and career prospects can still be defined by their gender. I want City Hall to be a model employer, adopting the highest standards to support women in the workplace and I challenge both ourselves and others to take action to break the glass ceiling that still exists to limit their success.”
The GLA’s audit reveals that, at the end of March 2016, women employed at City Hall on a full time contract are paid an average of £21.40 per hour, while their male counterparts earn on average £22.44. This equates to a pay gap of 4.6 per cent. The pay gap for all full-time London workers is 11.9 per cent.
52 per cent of City Hall staff are women and 41 per cent of senior staff earning £60,000 or more are women. 29 per cent of staff earning over £100K are female.                                                          
The press release is backed up by a short but informative report of the audit itself.


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