Transport for London (TfL) has awarded a five-year contract for the provision of cleaning and associated services to ABM UK - guaranteeing that 2,800 people will receive the London Living Wage.
The contract includes the cleaning of Tube stations and trains, bus depots, head office buildings and the London Transport Museum.
It is one of six facilities management contracts that have been consolidated from 50 as part of TfL's work to deliver the mayor's plans to improve public transport while reducing day-to-day operating costs and delivering the best value for money.
It includes a commitment to pay employees the London Living Wage as well as a reduction in the number of agency workers throughout the lifetime of the contract. This will result in 95 per cent of staff being directly employed by ABM UK.
As part of the procurement process all bidders were required to submit an equality and diversity plan and ABM UK will be tracked on the delivery of its plan throughout the contract. It will create 150 apprenticeship positions, offering people the chance to earn while they learn, and will also provide opportunities to support people who may encounter barriers when trying to gain employment and once they're in the workplace.
David Wylie, chief procurement officer at TfL, said: "By consolidating TfL contracts we will be operating in the most efficient way and ensuring better value for money. The contract with ABM UK will see our high standards of cleanliness on the transport network maintained and enhanced and, by creating much-needed apprenticeships and supporting our schemes to help those who might otherwise find it hard to get a job, this contract will also open up opportunities for hundreds of Londoners."