Ethnicity Pay Gap in London

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

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

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

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Figures for the ethnicity pay gap between White and BAME employees working in London up to 2019 are given below. These figures are calculated by the GLA from the Annual Population Survey. The latest available data are for 2019, and 2020 data are expected in May 2021. These figures are available on the London Datastore as part of my Economic Fairness indicators.

2016

27%

2017

28.3%

2018

26.6%

2019

28.2%[1]

The drivers of the ethnicity pay gap are structural and complex. Ethnicity pay gap reporting should be taken as seriously and carried out as robustly as reporting on gender pay gaps. Last year, I called on the Government to enforce mandatory reporting and the GLA Group has reported the ethnicity pay gap since 2017.

I also encouraged employers to not just report but take action on the ethnicity pay gap, I have recently published an employer toolkit which sets out how businesses can recruit, retain and progress Black staff, who are disproportionately affected by low pay. My Good Work Standard encourages businesses to publish their ethnicity pay gap and demonstrate their commitment to preventing discrimination. [DW1]

I will continue to work with employers across London - to look at their policies and practices to ensure we continue to progress towards a city where all Londoners can thrive.

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

Should also add that the Mayor has reported the GLA ethnicity pay gap now since 2017 (I think?) and should include a line that notes the importance of employers not only reporting the pay gap but also developing action plans (again as the Mayor has done) to show how they will reduce them [DW1] [DW1]