Fair pay for under 25s

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-12-16
Session date: 
December 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/4193
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Your response to MQ 2015/3951 does not answer the question that I have asked. Have you made representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer as Mayor of London to advocate for fair pay to under 25 year olds with regards to the new National Living Wage? Given in your response to MQ 2015/3500 you stated "there is a risk that people may choose to pursue NLW paying employment over an apprenticeship if the apprenticeship is offering comparatively lower pay", could you tell me if you have raised your concerns about this with the Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Answer

Answer for Fair pay for under 25s

Answer for Fair pay for under 25s

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My focus has been on continuing to urge London employers to voluntarily sign up to paying the London Living Wage to all their employees, including apprentices, as I believe this is the best way to ensure that hard-working Londoners aged 18 and over are fairly rewarded through their pay.

We are leading by example as all apprentices at City Hall are paid the London Living Wage, which is more than the National Living Wage, and I would encourage all organisations in London who employ apprentices to pay the London Living Wage.