London Living Wage becoming the 'norm' by 2020 (2)

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


As recent figures have shown that the proportion of employees in London paid less than the London Living Wage has increased again, we are clearly some distance from achieving your target of it being the 'norm' by 2020. What further actions are needed to achieve your target?


Answer for London Living Wage becoming the 'norm' by 2020 (2)

Answer for London Living Wage becoming the 'norm' by 2020 (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The rise in the proportion of employee jobs earning below the London Living Wage is partly a consequence of the LLW rising faster than both CPI inflation and median earnings.

There are now 735 accredited Living Wage Employers in London, an increase of more than 300 additional employers signing up over the past year. This figure is far in excess my manifesto target of 250, and an enormous increase on the 27 employers who publically backed the LLW when I was elected in 2008.

The Living Wage Foundation has calculated that accredited Living Wage employers have now provided over 30,000 workers in London with the benefits of the LLW since 2011.

I have written to more than 140 chief executives since March 2015 urging them to sign up to LLW accreditation.  I will continue to work closely with the Living Wage Foundation to identify target employers to write to encouraging them to sign up to the LLW.

I have publicly called on Government to commit to paying the London Living Wage across Whitehall, which some departments are now doing. In my foreword to the GLA Economics report 'A Fairer London: The 2015 Living Wage in London' I encouraged other Government departments to follow this example, as well as stating the need for more London boroughs to sign up.

I will continue to raise the LLW in speaking engagements with employers and meetings with individual business leaders or in Mayoral forums with businesses, such as my International Business Advisory Council.