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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service publishes gender pay gap report

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has today published its gender pay gap report for 2017 - 18. This report shows that during this time period ECFRS had an average pay gap of 15.6%.
 
Gender pay gap and equal pay are different things. The gender pay gap measures the difference in average earnings across all employees across the organisation. This means that every employee at every level is grouped together and an average is worked out for both men and women. The difference at ECFRS is that men earn 15.6% more than women.
 
Equal Pay means that men and women are paid equally for an equal role. ECFRS uses a clear pay scale to identify salary, and there is equal pay for equal roles across the organisation.
 
Jane Gardner, Essex Deputy Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “We are in complete support of the government’s decision to request annual gender pay data. In Essex we are committed to being open, honest and transparent about our data. This process allows us to assess where we are, measure our progression and explore how we can attract the best talent and ensure we are an employer of choice.”
 
Adam Eckley, Chief Fire Officer, said: “At Essex County Fire and Rescue Service we are confident that equal roles are equally paid. However, we do have a gender pay gap of 15.6%.
 
“The fire and rescue service as an industry is still a male dominated organisation across the UK. In fact, at our Service, 85% of the overall workforce are male. So, although we can confidently ensure that our non-discriminatory pay process results in equal pay, it is more challenging to reduce the gender pay gap when there is a disproportionate number of men at an organisation.
 
“We are committed to creating an inclusive culture within a workforce that is high performing and values differences to benefit and reflect the communities it serves. As we continue to improve gender balance to all sections of our workforce we are confident that the overall gap will decrease.”
 
Earlier this year, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service launched its first wholetime firefighter recruitment campaign in almost nine years. This was an opportunity for the Service to increase diversity, celebrate the varied and rewarding role of a modern day firefighter, and recognise the value that diversity brings.

Internally ECFRS has focused on leadership and management development; encouraging and supporting high-performing employees to realise their potential and take on senior roles across the organisation.

Read the full Gender Pay Gap 2017-18 here.

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