Wages (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, my follow-up question is about the increase in the gender pay gap in London and I just wanted to know whether you were aware of the evidence that shows women earn an average of 15% less than men?  So, for instance, for every £1 a man earns, a woman takes home 85p.  Are you aware of this?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Wages (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Wages (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I have not seen any recent data on this but I am aware of the general problem, Jennette, and obviously it is something that we struggle to compensate for and to make sure that everybody in London gets the pay they need and deserve.


Jennette Arnold OBE (AM):  Can I commend you because you are an example to others?  I raised this with you a couple of years ago and I will not say it was my action but what you then did was you equalised the pay of your staff, so you then upgraded the only woman who was on your management board and all of your management board members now get the same pay.  I would like you, in your position, having shown that as an example, to consider whether in your conversations with business you would ask them to consider whether it is fair that in 2013 the women in their businesses are being paid 85% for every £1 that they pay the men.  Are you up for this and can I give you the information?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I would be very grateful, yes, please, would you give it to me?  I do think it is inequitable and I would be very grateful if you would do that.


Jennette Arnold OBE (AM):  I am going to go on a high then and I will be getting that information to you and I hope that we can do something together to actually ensure that we actually deal with this inequality, because you did make that commitment in 2008.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I am more than happy to look at it.


Jennette Arnold OBE (AM):  Thank you.