London mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to close the gender pay gap between male and female workers in the city after publishing City Hall’s first ever gender pay audit. The study revealed a gap of 4.6%, with full-time women paid an average of £21.40 an hour while their male counterparts earned an average of £22.44.

Mr Khan launched a plan for full pay equality across the whole Greater London Authority, to include Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Service, both of which are now expected to produce their own gender audits.

As part of the plan to boost female representation and ‘break the glass ceiling’ in senior roles businesses will be encouraged increase the availability of part-time and flexible working hours to promote career progression. In addition there will be mentoring, career-support programmes and sponsorships for qualifications on offer.

“I have vowed to be a proud feminist at City Hall, and I am determined to make the Greater London Authority a model employer that removes any barriers to women by adopting the highest possible standards for fair pay, good working conditions and gender equality,” said Sadiq Khan. “I want to do all I can to ensure women have the same opportunities as men in London so that their hard work and talent is fully and fairly recognised by employers. It is unacceptable that in London, one of the world’s greatest and most progressive cities, someone’s pay and career prospects can still be defined by their gender.”