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Mayor welcomes progress on ethnicity pay gap

PICTURED: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

THE MAYOR of London, Sadiq Khan, has today (Jan 11) published City Hall’s second ethnicity pay gap report and urged the Government to ensure other organisations, large and small, do the same.

While the pay gap has fallen at City Hall and some of the organisations in the Greater London Authority (GLA) group, the figures also highlight there is still much more work to do in eradicating this disparity.

The Mayor is determined to do all he can to tackle this issue and City Hall has published its first ethnicity pay gap action plan, which sets out a programme of activity to drive down this inequality.

This includes increasing the diversity of interview panels during the recruitment process, working with City Hall’s BAME Staff Network to understand the needs, concerns and experiences of the organisation’s employees, signing up to Business In The Community’s Race at Work Charter, and developing plans for senior staff to develop a more inclusive culture at all levels of the organisation. Organisations across the GLA have also taken steps to increase the diversity of their workforces.

The data is being published as the Mayor responds to the Government’s consultation on ethnicity pay reporting, in which he urges government to expand mandatory reporting to smaller companies. Under current government proposals, companies with more than 249 staff would be compelled to publish their ethnicity pay gap data – but this only represents less than one per cent of UK employers.

The Mayor of London said: “The colour of your skin should have no bearing on what you can achieve. We’ve made progress at City Hall and across the group but this data clearly shows there is more work to be done.

“In 2017 I pledged to lead by example and publish data on the ethnicity pay gap in City Hall and across the Greater London Authority group because understanding the scale of this inequality is the first step in tackling it.

“In addition, we published an action plan for the way forward. While we should be proud of the progress made, there’s no denying the data presents a mixed picture and there is much more we need to do. Those organisations in which the ethnicity pay gaps has increased must redouble their efforts to tackle this issue head-on.

“I’m also clear that government should do more: I’m urging ministers to lower the proposed reporting threshold to reveal a much clearer picture of the problem across London and the UK.”

Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard, commented: “It’s vital we all play a role if we are to tackle the barriers and inequality still faced in our city.

“The Mayor’s ground-breaking social integration strategy underlines his commitment to improving conditions for all Londoners and he continues to work hard to shine a light on the challenges facing our communities.

“We’re determined that City Hall leads by example and that’s why the Mayor is taking action to tackle the ethnicity pay gap and urging organisations to do the same.”

Race Equality Director for Business in the Community, Sandra Kerr OBE, added: “It is great to see the Mayor leading the way on pay and ethnicity reporting, showing clear progress since initially publishing the data in 2017.

“By identifying where improvements are still needed, celebrating progress that has already been made and setting out an action plan for further progress, the Mayor recognises that tackling the ethnicity pay gap requires a consistent commitment across the group to narrow and ultimately close the ethnicity pay gap.

“The Mayor understands that the best places to work are inclusive, with opportunities for employees to develop and progress as well as gain fair reward, pay and recognition.”

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