Incidence and Nature of Poverty in London (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
July 19, 2006
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
John Ross, Rt Revd Peter Wheatley, Kate Green, Keith Faulkner

Question

These families are generally led by women; I wondered how significant you thought the gender pay-gap in London was, which is increasing - widening - here, whereas it isn't in the rest of the country. I understand that the most typical job for a woman here is paid at £5.30 an hour, whereas the most typical job for a man is paid at £17.50 an hour.

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Answer for Incidence and Nature of Poverty in London (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Incidence and Nature of Poverty in London (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
John Ross, Rt Revd Peter Wheatley, Kate Green, Keith Faulkner

Kate Green (Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group): I am very struck by those figures, Chairman, which I have not heard before. What I did know was that women's pay was typically 56% of male pay. £5.30 as opposed to £17.50 is well short of 56%.

John Ross (Director, Economic and Business Policy, GLA): That is just the most typical job in London, although the gap in the median is higher in London than it is in the rest of the country

Kate Green (Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group): Clearly there are a number of factors: that women, if in work, are earning less; that we have a very high proportion of single-parent households in London, which are more likely to be led by women; and that women may have less opportunity to progress at work because of family commitments which mean that they are less able to participate in full-timework, where progression is more of a possibility. I think all of these are factors, as is, also, the high rate of unemployment or economic inactivity among women in London.

We have a substantial number of couples where neither, or certainly one, partner isn't working, and where I think both moving people into work, and then addressing the gender pay-gap when they are in work, offer quite a lot of scope for something that would impact positively on the poverty rate.