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18 June 1998

London workers need extra ?3,111 in their pay packets
People working in inner London should claim a London weighting allowance of at least ?3,111 a year and those in outer London need ?1,004, according to the trade union negotiators' magazine Bargaining Report.

This month Bargaining Report reveals the additional costs incurred by people working in London, over and above the expenses of those working elsewhere in the country. The magazine updates the calculation of the London Weighting Index originally devised by the last Labour government in the 1970s.

Bargaining Report provides details of allowances paid by employers to staff in and around London. This shows that only around a third of London allowances reach the ?3,111 target for inner London while some two-thirds beat the outer London figure of ?1,004.

Bargaining Report also examines data from the government's New Earnings Survey to show the difference in average earnings between those working in London and elsewhere in Britain with some occupations seeing ''pay leads'' of between 20% and 40% for workers in the capital.

Notes to editors

Bargaining Report is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.10 to LRD affiliates, ?3.85 to other union and educational bodies or ?16 for non-labour movement bodies.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 80 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 52 national unions, representing more than 95% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.
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