Ministry of Justice: Living Wage

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 23 July 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost per year of paying the London Living Wage to (a) his Department's cleaners working under the OCS contract, (b) all cleaners employed directly or indirectly by his Department and (c) everyone employed by his Department.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Rates of pay for cleaners are determined by their respective employers. All employers are obliged to pay at least the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage. Cleaners are not directly employed by the MoJ, consequently details of the additional cost per year to pay the London Living Wage to MoJ cleaners working under the OCS contract or through any other outsourced provider is not held by the department.

The cost of raising staff employed by the Ministry of Justice to the London Living Wage in MoJ HQ, HMCTS, LAA, OPG, CICA is £11,543,200 (7866 staff) and HMPPS £9,015,490 (6,398 staff). The cost of raising only staff employed by the Ministry of Justice in London to the London Living Wage is £508,830 (395 staff) and in HMPPS is £20,270 (24 staff).

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