80:20 hourly wage ratio by London borough (2012, 2019 and 2022)
There are many ways of measuring pay inequality. This indicator considers the 80:20 hourly wage ratio, which shows how much greater hourly pay is for those at the 80th percentile of the hourly pay distribution than for those at the 20th percentile. The larger the ratio, the more unequal hourly pay.
Based on this measure, pay inequality is significantly higher in London than in England. In London, the 20% highest paid earn 2.5x more per hour than the 20% lowest paid. In England, the figure is 1.85.
Since before the pandemic, wage inequality has decreased in every borough where data are available, except for three: Merton, Wandsworth and Hackney. Every borough has a higher level of pay inequality than the England average.