London Living Wage (6)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3966
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

With nearly 50% of part-time jobs in London paid less than the London Living Wage, what are you doing to specifically target those sectors with high numbers of part-time workers?

Answer

Answer for London Living Wage (6)

Answer for London Living Wage (6)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In addition to Living Wage Employer accreditation, The Living Wage Foundation also manages the 'Recognised Living Wage Service Provider' accreditation scheme. Service Providers who employ contract staff across London in cleaning and catering roles, who sign up as Recognised Living Wage Service Providers, commit to paying all their head office staff the London Living Wage as well as committing to always supply a Living Wage rate bid alongside every market rate submittal to all of their prospective and current clients. This means that their clients always have the choice to implement the Living Wage at the point of tender.

In this way the Recognised Living Wage Service Providers accreditation scheme promotes the London Living Wage and makes it easier for companies to choose to pay their subcontracted staff the London Living Wage.

To support the Recognised Living Wage Service Provider scheme, since July this year, I have written to 28 large service provider companies in London to urge them to sign up with The Living Wage Foundation.

I continue to work closely with The Living Wage Foundation on the campaign to encourage businesses in the retail and hospitality sectors to become accredited Living Wage Employers.  The Living Wage Foundation has identified target retail and hospitality sector employers for me to write to because they employ many part time workers and because I can add most value in encouraging them to become accredited Living Wage Employers. I have written to a number of such companies since March this year. I will continue to write to companies in the retail and hospitality sectors who are identified as target employers for me to write to in liaison with The Living Wage Foundation.