Over a quarter of retail jobs in London are “low paid”


Roughly 720,000 jobs in the capital are classed as low paid, double the figure from a decade ago.

New research from the New Policy Institute (NPI) has revealed the nearly 20 per cent of jobs in London are low paid.

Over a quarter of jobs flagged as low paid are within the retail sector, according to the report. Furthermore 43 per cent of part time jobs in the capital also fall into this category.

“Low pay rates are still higher than a decade ago, and particular employment sectors have a very poor record that must be addressed,” NPI senior researcher at Adam Tinson said.

READ MORE: The National Living Wage & National Minimum Wage explained

Mubin Haq of Trust for London which funded the study added: “London has seen a significant growth in jobs over the last few years.

“Unfortunately, too many are low paid. This data shows that whilst there has been a halt in the rise in low pay, there is still a long way to go to making sure Londoners are paid fairly.

“Nearly 3,000 employers have committed to paying a living wage, with more than 1,000 in London accredited with the Living Wage Foundation.

This announcement comes just days after the London mayor Sadiq Kahn announced a new voluntary London Living Wage of £9.75 an hour, compared with £8.45 outside of the capital. 

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