Premier League football clubs in London have been urged to pay all staff the London Living Wage.
The London Assembly called on Fulham and Chelsea, along with the other four top clubs in the capital, to sign up to the basic rate of £8.80 an hour.
The assembly raised concern about ‘the disparity between the highest earners and lowest earners at these clubs’, where players are paid up to £180,000 a week. It also noted that Chelsea has an annual turnover of £261 million.
Murad Qureshi, Labour assembly member, said: “A recent investigation by Campaign Citizens UK has highlighted that it would take 13 years for back-up staff at a Premier League club to earn what a footballer earns in a week.
“The public subsidy helping to fund new stadiums for West Ham and Tottenham is an opportunity for the London Living Wage to be introduced as a condition of taxpayer support.”
Both clubs refused to confirm whether they pay the London Living Wage.
A spokesman for Chelsea said: “We review our staff salaries and benefits annually and we believe them to be fair and competitive.”
Fulham declined to comment.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson wants the London Living Wage to be the norm by 2020. In November last year he said it was ‘not only morally right, but makes good business sense too’.
The rate, which is 39 per cent above the national minimum wage, is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the capital, which continues to rise above the rest of the country.