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Record number of night workers receiving at least London Living Wage

  • January 19, 2024
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Record number of night workers receiving at least London Living Wage

A record 80% of workers in night time industries now receive at least the London Living Wage according to new data, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today called on the Government to do more to help those working at night. Virtually all aspects of London’s £520 billion economy are active around the clock and a quarter of London’s workforce (1.3 million people) regularly work between 6pm and 6am. However, night workers can need more support compared to daytime workers.

Research from The Liminal Space shows that those who work at night are 37% more likely to have a heart attack, 44% more likely to have diabetes and six times more likely to get divorced than those who work during the day.

The Mayor is calling on the Government to step forward and recognise the distinct needs of night workers and commission further research into how the impact of working at night can be reduced. The number of workers in night time industries receiving at least the London Living Wage has risen to a record 80%, up from 72% in 2017. However more than a third (39%) of night time cultural and leisure workers – including hospitality, private security, arts and entertainment- are still paid below the London Living Wage.

The capital’s hospitality industry is already struggling to fill vacancies and the Mayor and Night Czar have warned that the Home Secretary’s plans to raise the minimum salary needed for skilled overseas workers from £26,200 to £38,700 will cause significant long-term damage.

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