Social mobility

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Analysis by the Social Mobility Commission found that a quarter of low-paid workers remained permanently stuck in low pay and nearly half (48%) fluctuated in and out of it over the course of the last 10 years. What can you do to help Londoners that would like to progress out of low pay jobs?


Answer for Social mobility

Answer for Social mobility

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Many Londoners still do not benefit from the opportunities that this great city has to offer. As Mayor, I am determined to create a fairer, more inclusive economy where all Londoners are able to progress and participate in London's economic success.

I recently launched my draft Economic Development Strategy and draft Skills and Adult Education Strategy. My Economic Development Strategy aims to create an economy that works for all Londoners, and a core part of the Skills Strategy's vision is making sure Londoners get the skills they need to succeed in this economy, with a focus on promoting diversity and improving social mobility. Adult education and training are fundamental to ensuring all members of our society are able to secure or progress into better-paid and more stable jobs.

These strategies are closely aligned and provide further detail on my approach to this important issue. This includes an in-work progression initiative in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy and Research and my plans to develop an all-age careers advice offer that will promote lifelong learning and provide adults, including those cycling into and out of low-paid work, with timely advice and guidance.

My Good Work Standard will also play a key part in delivering the aim to encourage the very best employment standards across London and make London the best place in the world to work. With fair pay and the London Living Wage at its heart, it will support employers to adopt best practice and achieve high standards in areas such as flexible working, diversity and inclusion, apprenticeships and training, and employee voice.