Closing the ethnicity pay gap

02 April 2019

In 2017, for every £1 white British Londoners received in hourly pay, BAME Londoners received 78 pence.

The number of people from ethnic minority groups in education and employment has increased over the last 20 years but striking differences remain in pay.

The London Assembly Economy Committee will tomorrow hold a public roundtable on London’s ethnicity pay gap, with a focus on career progression within the workplace for BAME communities.

The following areas will be discussed:

  • The ethnicity pay gap in London
  • Key barriers faced by BAME communities to access high quality jobs, with a focus on career progression
  • High value programmes or initiatives that support BAME career progression offered by employers and frontline organisation
  • Identify any further actions the Mayor can take to tackle the ethnicity pay gap in London

The guests are:

  • Simon Woolley, Chair, Race Disparity Audit Advisory Group
  • Maxine Albert, Deputy Head of Diversity and Inclusion, House of Commons
  • Jennifer Crook, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, House of Commons
  • Andrew Fairbairn, Chief Executive Officer, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity London
  • Sonia Brown MBE, Founder and Director, National Black Women’s Network
  • Johanna Westhauser, Inclusion and Diversity Adviser, Business in the Community

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 3 April at 10.00am in Committee Room 2, at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or on our YouTube channel.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and tweet about the meeting using #AssemblyEconomy and #paygap

Notes to editors

  1. Read the agenda papers.
  2. Susan Hall AM, Chairman of the Economy Committee is available for interview. 
  3. Find out more about the London Assembly Economy Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Giles Broadbent on 020 7983 4067.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.