London should have higher minimum wage: think tank

Average wages and living costs higher in England's capital
||Last Updated: 09/10/2007

A British think tank is calling on policy makers to increase the average wage that Londoners earn compared to the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) wants London's minimum wage to be set at 6.50 pounds ($13.88 Can) compared to the national hourly rate of 5.35 pounds ($11.42 Can).

Research by IPPR shows that a minimum wage worker in London earns just one-third of the average wage in the city, while the average minimum wage worker in the U.K. earns more than one-half the national average pay.