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Kent Police publishes gender pay gap figures

Men working for Kent Police earn on average 13% more than female employees, according to a report published by the force today.

The information is a requirement of government legislation and comes a week after Canterbury City Council reported an 11% differential.

Kent Police says it pays the same amount to men and women doing the same job.

But the force says the difference can be explained by such things as length of service and types of jobs done.

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Shiner, chairman of the diversity board at Kent Police, said: “We have been addressing the gap between the number of male and female officers and continue to do so.

ACC Jo Shiner of Kent Police

“We are pleased that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Rescue Service acknowledge this in the latest Legitimacy Report, for which we were graded as outstanding.

“The report recognises the work we do in Kent to encourage the workforce in development and promotion processes.

“The report also remarks on the positive impact that the Kent Network of Women is having, which has become a fundamental and positive part of the Kent Police culture.”

Police officer pay is set nationally, a framework Kent Police adheres to.

Mark Gilmartin, director of support services at Kent Police, says all employees are paid the same regardless of gender.

“The fact is that there is a higher percentage of male officers than female, and in the same way – there are more women staff than men,” Mr Gilmartin said.

“Kent Police has made progress historically by introducing measures that improve representation among gender and diverse groups from recruitment through promotions and individual development as a result of conducting equal pay audits for police staff since 2005.

“Female police officers are represented well in more senior ranks, however there is more work to do.”

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