News from Caroline Russell: TfL top earner makes more than twenty times lowest paid

31 August 2017

Caroline Russell has called on the Mayor to close the huge pay gap that exists within his transport authority Transport for London (TfL).

TfL’s top earner (the Commissioner) receives more than £500,000 – including bonuses – and earns the equivalent of the lowest paid employee's annual London Living Wage salary every 13.5 days. [1]

Meanwhile, the pay gap in other parts of the Greater London Authority are closer to the 10:1 ratio recommended by the London Assembly. [2] [3]

The pay gaps in City Hall ('the GLA'), the Fire Authority, the LLDC (London Legacy Development Corporation) and the Met police are 9, 11, 12 and 14 respectively.

Caroline Russell said:

“The Mayor’s audit of the gender pay gap within London government was a good thing – now he needs to look at the gap between the highest and lowest paid.

“The Mayor should not turn a blind eye to the gross pay inequality in TfL. His transport body continues to buck the trend towards narrower pay gaps that other parts of the GLA family are working towards.”

“His new Good Work Standard [4] has clear goals on tackling both gender inequality and people of a black or minority ethnic background being paid less than their white colleagues. But there is nothing on the need to narrow the gap between those at the top and bottom of the salary scale.”.

“If he is serious about making London a more equal place as he claimed in A City for All Londoners, he must do this.”

Pay across London government 2016/17:


Multiple between highest and lowest paid

How many earn more than £100,000

Highest pay
(including bonuses)









Fire Authority (LFEPA)




Met Police





(London Legacy Development Corporation)




* A change in commissioner during 2016/17 means neither person received a full annual salary during this period and so does not appear as the highest remuneration.


Notes to editors

[1] Mayor’s annual report

[2] Information from the Equality Trust on pay ratios and the GLA’s goal of 10:1 pay ratio

[3] London Assembly motion on pay gaps

[4] Mayor’s Good Work Standard

Deputy Mayor for Business in London, Rajesh Agrawal, said:

“Getting to grips with inequalities in the workplace is crucial to ensuring that London continues to be the best place in the world to work and a fairer place to live. And creating a fairer business environment is in the interests of both employers and employees alike.”

Caroline Russell was elected as a Green member of the London Assembly in May 2016. She has been an Islington councillor since 2014.

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