Secretarial Jobs Board

Mayor will raise City Hall wages

10/07/2008

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is to increase the basic wage for workers at City Hall, the Guardian has reported.

Currently, the national minimum wage stands at £5.52 per hour, Mr Johnson will increase thousands of Londoners' wages to £7.40.

He is expected to announce the boost on July 28th, and push other employers to follow suit.

The Guardian has said the move followed pressure from London Citizens, a group of community leaders.

Workers with low-paid jobs in London sometimes struggle to meet their living costs, which are some of the highest in the world.

According to consultancy, Mercer, London has the second highest cost of living – only Moscow is more expensive.

A selection of leading banks already pay a new "living wage" to their contract cleaners, including HSBC, Citicorp and Barclays.

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