Mayor Sadiq Khan sets out to tackle gender pay gap as study shows that men in City Hall earn more than women on average

Tracey Boles
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on employers to close the pay gap for women, and today launched a plan to ensure full pay equality across the Greater London Authority and its functional bodies.

A full gender pay audit of all City Hall's staff published today in accordance with a manifesto pledge showed that 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.

Khan said: “I have vowed to be a proud feminist at City Hall. There is an unacceptable pay gap between men and women at City Hall – caused by not having enough women in senior roles. I am determined to address this and have tasked my officials to bring forward an urgent plan to do so, if necessary by bringing in outside experts."

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 produce their own gender pay audit.

Since he became mayor two months ago, Khan has appointed women to a series of top positions at City Hall. He has named Valerie Shawcross as deputy mayor for transport, Sophie Linden as deputy mayor for policing and crime, Justine Simons as deputy mayor for culture and creative industries and Joanne McCartney as statutory deputy mayor. He has also appointed Fiona Twycross as chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

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