Retail jobs in London remain low paid

Thinking of a career in retail? In London, over 700,000 retail jobs are classified as low paid, approximately double the figure from a decade ago.

According to figures from the New Policy Institute (NPI), a new study funded by Trust for London has revealed nearly 20 percent 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.

"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," said Mubin Haq of Trust for London.

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

John Lewis announced it would increase its basic wage to 10 pounds per hour by the year 2020.

Photo credit: Living Wage Foundation


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