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London mayor Khan wants more women moved into top jobs

CORRECTIVE PUSH:The Greater London Authority is set to become the UK’s largest public body taking a city-wide approach to the gender pay gap issue

The Guardian

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is set to become the first and largest public body to introduce a city-wide leadership scheme to tackle the shortage of women in senior positions and reduce the gender pay gap.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was spearheading the women in leadership push — pairing high-potential women with both male and female senior staff members across London bodies — to give more women access to professional networks, opportunities and contacts needed to progress in an organization.

“It is shameful that in 2018 women remain underrepresented at all levels of government and leadership roles,” he said. “As a proud feminist, I want London to be a shining light in the fight for gender equality. I am pleased that we are showing the way, launching the first and biggest initiative like this in the public sector.”

The “Our Time: Supporting Future Leaders” program will include the GLA, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Transport for London, the London Legacy Development Corp and Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corp.

Waltham Forest and Lambeth are the first councils to sign up to the scheme, with Khan confident others will follow.

“All of us must tackle inequality wherever we see it,” he said. “I want to encourage all industries across the capital to commit to addressing the shocking imbalance we still see in positions of power today through adopting this scheme.”

The onus will not be on women to improve their skills, but on employers to ensure that women can move into the most senior positions, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office said.

All public and private companies with more than 250 employees last month were forced to publish their gender pay gap for the first time, with eight out of 10 revealing they paid men more on average per hour than women.

Analysis of the data showed that a lack of women in senior, better-paid roles was a key contributing factor. There are only six female chief executives in the FTSE 100 — none from a black or ethnic minority background.

Women make up 32 percent of council leaders and 28 percent of charity chief executives, Fawcett Society research showed.

The GLA has a 6.14 percent pay gap, while at Transport for London it was 19.7 percent, the Metropolitan Police 12.5 percent, and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority 5.9 percent.

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