London Living Wage: The best and worst boroughs for paying living wages

Lynsey Barber
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The CIty and Harrow are among the places with the highest and lowest proportion of jobs paying living wage (Source: City A.M.)
ewer jobs in London pay above the Living Wage than five years ago, but jobs in the capital are more likely to pay the wage than those outside.

Between 2008 and 2010, jobs paying less than the £8.80 living wage in London accounted for 13 per cent of all jobs in the city. By 2014, that had risen to 19 per cent, the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics reveal.

Elsewhere however, nearly a quarter of all jobs across the UK now pay less than the Living Wage of £7.65 outside of London. The proportion of jobs paying below Living Wage rose from 21 per cent in 2012 - the most recent year for which UK-wide data was collected - to 23 per cent in 2014.

The City boasted the lowest proportion of low paid jobs - just five per cent paid below the living wage - largely as a result of the number of financial services jobs in the square mile, a sector which has the lowest proportion of jobs paying less than the wage. Hospitality, food services, retail and admin as well as arts and entertainment jobs accounted for the highest.

Jobs paying below Living Wage were also rarer in neighbouring Tower Hamlets and Camden, accounting for 9.3 per cent and 12.2 per cent of all jobs respectively, some of the lowest proportions in the country.

Meanwhile, in Harrow, two in five jobs paid below the living wage, the second highest proportion of anywhere in the country, behind West Somerset.

Tap, click or hover over the map below to see the proportion of jobs paying below the living wage in each London borough.

The ONS estimates the number of jobs paying less than the Living Wage in the capital stood at 367,000 for full-tme work and 386,000 for part-time work last year. Proportionally, that's 12 per cent of full-time jobs and 45 per cent of part-time jobs. That compared to 15 per cent and 43 per cent respectively across the rest of the country.

Since 2014, when the data was collected, the London Living Wage has risen to £9.15 in London. It's set by the Mayor of London and the Living Wage Foundation.

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