Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mind the Gap: Boris Told to Tackle TFL's 'Appalling' Pay Inequality; City Hall Editor

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mind the Gap: Boris Told to Tackle TFL's 'Appalling' Pay Inequality; City Hall Editor

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Byline: Pippa Crerar

BORIS JOHNSON was today urged to "get a grip" on the spiralling pay gap between Transport for London bosses and their staff.

TfL Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy took home [pounds sterling]652,452 last year including bonuses, 33 times more than the bottom TfL salary of [pounds sterling]20,000.

By contrast City Hall, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade have all managed to narrow the gap between their highest and lowest earners over the past five years.

Baroness Jones, a campaigner for pay equality, said: "It's appalling that TfL still pay so many people very high salaries. City Hall, the police and the fire brigade have made their pay slightly more equal. It's time the Mayor got a grip on TfL because fairer pay leads to healthier, happier societies."

Figures obtained by her Green party also reveal how many bosses in each part of the Greater London Authority were paid more than [pounds sterling]150,000 last year -- three at the Fire Brigade, four at City Hall, 10 at the Met and 128 at TfL.

The salary for the top job at TfL has gone up 59 per cent in the last five years, while it has gone down 23 per cent at the GLA, 17 per cent at the Fire Service and 11 per cent at the Met.

Jeff Jacobs, the most senior civil servant at City Hall, got [pounds sterling]165,000 in 2012-13, excluding pension, about seven times more than a security worker on [pounds sterling]22,574.

Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe earned [pounds sterling]281,273, 17 times more than a Scotland Yard employee who took home [pounds sterling]16,380, and less than half that earned by Sir Peter last year.

Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson was paid [pounds sterling]162,257 last year, eight times more than the lowest-paid staff member at the Fire Brigade on [pounds sterling]19,444. The highest-paid official in all three organisations has changed during the last five years -- giving the Mayor the opportunity to cut the salary -- apart from at the Fire Service. …

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