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Staffordshire Police says it is determined to ensure it closes the gap between the amount it pays men and women.
The force’s gender pay gap figures reveal a 13.4% gap.
But despite being below the 18% national average, Staffordshire Police’s director of people and resources, Justine Kenny says there is still work to do.
“Although we are pleased that the force is below the national average, we aren’t complacent and are currently taking a number of proactive steps to ensure the gap is bridged as far as it can be,” she said.
“There are a number of reasons for the pay difference, many of which are outside of the control of the force and relate to education, society, the economy, and the culture we live in – those issues can’t be solved overnight and there is no quick fix.
“Within the force though, we know that there are statistically more male police officers in the force and more men in senior positions, and this of course makes our pay gap on the whole wider.
“When broken down into officers and staff though, because of the way the formula works, the picture looks quite different – 3.6% for officers and 5.7% for staff.
“We also know that women in particular are likely to face challenges of returning to policing after taking a break to have and care for children. That has a knock on effect as it’s also likely that people working part time are less likely to apply for promotion.
“We are therefore, keen to understand this better and to find ways to make this easier.”
The force says it is taking active steps to reduce the pay gap, including recruiting a workforce more reflective of the communities it serves, as well as looking at the possibility of alternative ways of working, such as job share and part time, to encourage more women to seek promotion to senior roles.
Justine added: “We have recently developed a new people strategy – People First – which sets out the vision to make the force a great place to work. That includes ensuring we create a more diverse workforce that looks and feels different to how it is now.
“Although our gender pay is below the national average, we know we have some work to do to bridge this gap.”