Relative Employment Rates in London

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Hina Bokhari Hina Bokhari Liberal Democrat

Has Covid-19 had any measurable impact on the relative employment rates for BAME, women and disabled people? What targets do you have in place for improving these employment rates?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that employment gaps for women, BAME and disabled Londoners do not seem to have widened between 2019 and 2021. Nevertheless, employment rates for these groups of Londoners remain far lower than for their White, male, and non-disabled counterparts.

My skills and employment programmes – including the Mayor’s Academies Programme, No Wrong Door, Skills Bootcamps and others funded by the Adult Education Budget and European Social Fund – have been designed to support Londoners into good jobs and close employment gaps, and they are underpinned by equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) targets. Across these programmes, the aggregated EDI targets for 2022-23 are for at least 45% of Londoners supported to be from BAME backgrounds, 38% female, and 13% who are Deaf or disabled.