Airport receives London Living Wage accreditation

London City Airport commits to London Living Wage to all workers as it broadens scope as an inclusive and responsible business

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28/03/19

London City Airport has been officially accredited as a Living Wage Employer and has committed to extend the London Living Wage to key suppliers and contractors by July 2019. The airport already provides all its 650 directly employed staff in excess of the London Living Wage.

The commitment means that around 100 additional staff at the airport working for companies like security services provider, Mitie, and contracted cleaners, GSF Cleaning Service, will, from this summer, receive a minimum hourly wage of £10.55.

Going forward the airport will also advocate the London Living Wage to the other on-site businesses and its supply chain – new and existing – creating a Living Wage Forum to do this and factoring it into new contract negotiations. The airport has already ensured that no one working on its campus is on a so-called ‘zero hours’ contract.

The roll-out is part of a continued effort by London City Airport, one of Newham’s largest employers, to contribute meaningfully to its local communities. 64% of the airport’s workforce live within five miles of the airport from its location in the heart of London’s Royal Docks.

Substantial progress has been made across London, most recently with the City of London Corporation campaigning to encourage more financial and professional services to sign up. In the airport’s home borough of Newham there are 13 other companies out of more than 1,000 businesses accredited as London Living Wage employers. The Mayor of Newham wrote to businesses in December 2018 to encourage more employers to pay the London Living Wage.

Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, said:

"I congratulate London City Airport on their London Living Wage accreditation.

“The London Living Wage is aimed at paying workers a fair wage to give the poorest in our society a chance to earn a proper and decent living. Continuing to offer low pay in both the public and private sectors is damaging to our residents. All Newham employers should be encouraged to pay their workers at least or above the rate. The London Living Wage contributes to the Community Wealth Building agenda that this administration is committed to.”

Michael Spiers, Chief People Officer at London City Airport, said:

“These commitments by London City Airport to the London Living Wage offer clear substance to our values as a business, to be more inclusive and serve the communities that surround us.

“We believe that everyone should be entitled to a sustainable and decent living and it’s an important issue not just for the staff that will benefit but right across our campus. We’re grateful in particular to Newham Citizens and St Antony's R C Primary School in Newham who articulated the importance of it for young jobseekers and the future generation of our workforce.

“London City Airport will be a champion for the London Living Wage across the East London business community as well as our current and potential supply chain as we take forward our £500 million transformation of the airport.”

Katherine Chapman, Living Wage Foundation Director, said:

“We’re delighted to see London City Airport sign up as a real Living Wage employer. It joins over 5,000 responsible businesses that have recognised that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. The decision shows London City Airport’s commitment to the wider community. We look forward to seeing many more organisations within Newham and beyond sign up to pay a real Living Wage that covers the cost of living.”

There are over 5,000 Living Wage employers in the UK, and it is the only wage rate based on what people need to live, calculated using the cost of a basket of household goods and services, with an additional London weighting.

London City Airport is grateful to Heathrow Airport, which has itself set out a roadmap to ensure its direct and existing suppliers also guarantee employees the Living Wage by the end of 2020, for their assistance and insight during our London Living Wage accreditation process.

In addition to the Living Wage accreditation, the airport is taking forward its new “Inclusive London” Corporate Responsibility agenda and shortly will launch its £75,000 London City Airport Community Fund, which will enable eligible local charitable organisations and groups to apply for grants ranging from £500-£3,000.

The airport is also supporting an inclusive workforce and helping to foster future skills through its 'Women in Aviation’ programme. The educational project with 300 East London female school pupils promotes careers in aviation and furthering skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to get there. It concludes on 1st April at a special finale at the Sunborn London Yacht Hotel in Royal Victoria Dock.

About the real living wage

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to what people need to make ends meet. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that choose to take a stand by ensuring their staff earn a wage that meets the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives.  

The UK Living Wage is currently £9 per hour. There is a separate London Living Wage rate of £10.55 per hour to reflect the higher costs of transport, childcare and housing in the capital. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK. 

The Living Wage Foundation is the organisation at the heart of the movement of businesses, organisations and individuals who campaign for the simple idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. We recognise and celebrate the leadership shown by responsible employers who voluntarily choose to go further and pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum. There are currently almost 5,000 Living Wage employers.