Gender Pay Gap in London

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th March 2021.

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How has the gender pay gap in London changed each year since May 2016?

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Figures for the gender pay gap for employees working in London up to 2020 are given below. The data are collected from employers for a single week in April, and the most recent are provisional. It is important to note that 2020 data relates to the first lockdown and may have been affected by the responses available (limited or delayed responses from businesses that were closed) and by the impact of many employees being on furlough. These figures are available on the London Datastore as part of my Economic Fairness indicators.

April 2016

16.2%

April 2017

16.7%

April 2018

16.7%

April 2019

17.6%

April 2020 (provisional)

18.2%[1]

In London, as well as nationally, unpaid care is still carried out disproportionately by women. This is a significant driver of the gender pay gap. Some professions wrongly reward longer hours and unbroken work patterns, which are more suitable to people without caring responsibilities. My Good Work Standard urges employers to publish action plans alongside gender and ethnicity pay gap reporting, and I lead by example by publishing action plans to reduce pay gaps for the GLA Group.

[1] https://data.london.gov.uk/economic-fairness/labour-market/gender-pay-gap/