Posted on 29th March 2018
Derbyshire Constabulary has released its statistics in relation to the ‘Gender Pay Gap.’
While the force is of course committed to equal pay for equal work, an over-representation of men in higher ranking positions – together with more men having been employed for longer periods - means a 5% gap exists in average police officer pay.
An over-representation of women in positions where the salary grade is lower accounts for an average gap of 11.6% in Police Staff. The overall gap across all officers and staff stands at 16.1%.
Deputy Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: “We are passionate about equality and committed to being as representative as possible of the community we serve.
“Our statistics are broadly similar to the national picture in policing, which – I believe – tells a story of lots of progress made, but lots of work still to do.
“I am confident that we provide equal pay for equal work and determined that the force will never become complacent in that regard.
“That said; we do have a gender pay gap. It is caused largely by the over-representation of men in senior positions and in periods of longer service.
“While we understand there is no quick fix and it takes time to see the results of work in this area – we are determined to close the gap.
“We will continue to design fairness into every recruitment and promotion process, both for staff and officer positions, as well as ensuring that we are as flexible an employer as possible for the balance of work and family life.”
Derbyshire Constabulary is already hosting a number of initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality.
The nationally acclaimed ‘Springboard Women’s Development Programme’ is in place, together with a gender support network and mentoring initiatives.
Positive action events have taken place to encourage women into specialist posts, and senior representatives of the force recently marked International Women’s Day by making the HeForShe pledge.
The force also employs Job Analysts who monitor recruitment, retention and promotion so any patterns of under-representation can be understood and addressed.
Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, added: “In my view it’s very simple. Everyone deserves equal pay for an equal job, be they male, female, from a black or minority ethnic background, have a disability, or have any other difference. Equal means equal – full stop.
“Obviously we have to be cognisant that comparisons can be misleading. Different ranks, different staff roles, different levels of experience for example will inevitably receive different levels of pay, but in terms of like for like, parity is critical.”
The statistics in full are available here.