Living wage (1)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many hotels have you successfully encouraged to sign up to the London Living Wage as part of your partnership approach?


Answer for Living wage (1)

Answer for Living wage (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There has been interest from the key players in the hospitality industry on the implementation of the London Living Wage; however I am yet to see any formal commitment to this initiative.

It is a difficult time at present for the hospitality industry. Although hotel occupancy figures are stable, the profit margins have been drastically reduced and it is a similar case with restaurants, where heavy discounting has had to be applied to keep businesses operating.

To ensure London remains one of the key global visitor destinations I have set out a number of commitments in my Economic Recovery Action Plan, around lobbying the government for further funding and making London more attractive as an international business location.

Further implementation of the London Living Wage will need to be hand-in-hand with my commitments around ERAP and I am working with key industry partners across the hospitality and low pay sectors to do so.