Low pay in the accommodation and food services sector

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3656
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What steps are you taking to tackle employers in the accommodation and food services sector where, according to ONS figures, an estimated 65% of employee jobs were paid less than the London living wage in 2014?

Answer

Answer for Low pay in the accommodation and food services sector

Answer for Low pay in the accommodation and food services sector

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I recently wrote to a number of employers in the accommodation and food services sector urging them to sign up to paying the London Living Wage and I will continue to work closely with the Living Wage Foundation to identify further target employers across the accommodation and food services sector, where I can add most value in writing to encourage them to sign up to the LLW. 

| gave a keynote speech to 700 leaders of the UK hospitality and tourism industries at the British Hospitality Association Summit in London on 30th June this year and urged them to continue to commit to paying the LLW.

I will continue to appeal to employers across all sectors in the capital, including the accommodation and food services sector, to adopt the London Living Wage.