This is Boris Johnson's Christmas appeal to employers

London Mayor Boris Johnson has requested firms to pay employees the London living wage in his seasonal broadcast from City Hall.

The Mayor said: “It will be a great thing if more of our companies who can afford it pay their employees the London Living Wage.

“Go on, folks! It’s Christmas. It’s season of good will and giving - you won’t regret it.”

The London living wage stands at £9.15 an hour in London compared to £7.85 outside the capital. The national minimum wage is £6.50 an hour.

Boris has urged companies who can afford the London living wage to come forward and pay it to their employees.

According to Greater London Authority, over 400 London employers across all sectors are now paying the London Living Wage. This has doubled since November 2013.

The mayor announced the living wage in November this year. At the time, he said: “Importantly, this isn’t just about economic dividends, but the immeasurable improvement to quality of life and workplace morale.

“We need even more converts, particularly in the retail and hospitality sectors. I hope that even more organisations this year will decide to do the right thing.”

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