Maintenance staff working for the Metropolitan Police Authority are set to be paid the new London living wage after a deal was struck with contractors.
The initiative will see the hourly rate of 744 cleaning and messenger staff increase to £7.45.
The police authority agreed a deal with contractors include Haden Building Management and InterserveFM to bring the pay of all maintenance staff up to the rate of the new wage rate, announced by London mayor Boris Johnson last month.
Johnson said he wanted the rate to be rolled out through all Greater London Authority group contracts.
The wage will be introduced in a phased way by each contractor and the pay increase will be supported by new training initiatives – rolled out by the companies involved – to raise staff competence levels and improve performance.
Gordon Russell, director of facilities management at the Met Police’s property services department, said: “The additional benefits that this initiative will bring, such as staff training, will help ensure that staff remain motivated in their jobs and therefore lead to both higher retention of employees and better recruitment opportunities.”