London City Airport has become the first airport in the UK to achieve London Living Wage accreditation as well as adopting the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard.
As a result of this accreditation, all direct contractors at the airport will now receive the London Living Wage, which it had already exceeded for its 650 directly employed permanent staff.
“We want to champion the London Living Wage across the East London business community, and by becoming the first UK airport to include key direct suppliers and contractors, we’re ensuring more of our staff, many of whom reside locally, receive a sustainable and decent living,” said Michael Spiers, Chief People Officer at London City Airport.
“Combined with the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard, it demonstrates the airport’s efforts to be a sustainable, inclusive, and community-focused business.”
The Good Work Standard, which requires London Living Wage accreditation as part of its criteria, aims to recognise businesses which set exemplary standards, including fair pay and conditions, wellbeing, skills and progression, and diversity and recruitment.
“It is fantastic to see London City Airport leading the way in becoming both an accredited Living Wage employer and one of the first London based organisations to adopt the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard,” said Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation.
“London City Airport are a beacon within the industry and local area, and have already made a huge impact to workers’ lives through their support of the Living Wage. We look forward to seeing more organisations within Newham doing the right thing and signing up as Living Wage employers.”