London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan has published the first ever pay audit of City Hall, as he called for businesses in the English capital to close the salary gap between men and women. The internal study revealed a pay gap of 4.6 percent, favoring male workers.
Khan challenged London’s firms to follow his lead, as he launched an action plan for pay equality across the Greater London Authority — including Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Service, whic will also produce gender audits. A variety of measures are already in place at City Hall aimed at boosting female representation. Khan has already appointed women to several key roles, including overseeing transport, policing and culture.
“I have vowed to be a proud feminist at City Hall, and I am determined to make the GLA a model employer that removes any barriers to women by adopting the highest possible standards for fair pay, good working conditions and gender equality,” Khan said, of his aim to make City Hall a model employer. “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.”
The leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Sophie Walker, cautioned that affordable childcare provision needed to be a key part of any plan to address the pay gap.
The average gender pay gap for full-time London workers is 12 percent, and overall is 23 percent.
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