Low pay in part-time positions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3668
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given that almost half of part-time employee jobs in London do not receive the Living Wage what are you doing to tackle the persistence of low pay within part-time work, an issue which also disproportionately affects women and parents?

Answer

Answer for Low pay in part-time positions

Answer for Low pay in part-time positions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am aware that the ONS report 'Estimates of employee jobs paid less than the living wage in London and other parts of the UK' published on 12th October identified a higher incidence of low pay in part-time work compared to full-time work in London. However, I continue to urge employers across the capital to sign up to paying the London Living Wage to all their employees and many of the beneficiaries of the LLW are part-time employees. 

My office is also hosting three flexible working events to engage with hundreds of businesses, along with Timewise, an organisation dedicated to promoting flexible working.

As you will be aware, I also recently introduced the part -time travelcard. This produces a much fairer commuting cost for many part-time workers and means those with unpredictable working patterns pay no more in a day than one fifth of the cost of a 7 day Travelcard ticket.