London Public Sector Revealed to Have 37% Ethnic Pay Gap

Black, Asian and ethnic minority public sector workers in London paid up to 37.5% less than white colleagues

Underneath capital’s ‘image of diversity’ there are ‘shocking levels of inequality

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) public sector workers in London were paid up to 37.5 per cent less than their white colleagues last year, new research shows.

Those in the Metropolitan Police earn up to 16 per cent less per hour than their white colleagues, a report by the Greater London Authority (GLA) found.

Transport for London which runs the capital’s network of tubes, trains and buses, has an ethnic pay gap of 9.8 per cent.

The highest level of inequality was at the Old Oak and the Park Royal Development Corporation, which runs a major redevelopment project in the north-west of the city, at 37.5 per cent.

The GLA itself, has its own ethnic pay gap of 16 per cent.

Campaigners said the figures showed that underneath the capital’s “image of diversity” there are “shocking levels of inequality”.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the figures were “deeply troubling”, adding that wanted to “confront this inequality”.

But Dr Omar Khan, director of race equality think tank, the Runnymede Trust, said the study “uncovered London’s secret”.

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Source: Independent, Retrieved 4 March 2018,

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