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Police pay gap in Derbyshire still one of largest in the country

Derbyshire Constabulary continues to have one of the largest pay gaps between men and women of all the police forces in England and Wales.

Its gender pay gap, reported for the first time last year, remains the same – with female employees earning on average 71p for every £1 that male colleagues earn.

Last year Derbyshire police had the worst pay gap of all English and Welsh police forces.  Several forces now trump Derbyshire police for that title – with the county moving to third-lowest.

Only police in Leicestershire (68p), Lancashire (69p) and Durham (69p) have larger gender pay gaps.

A closer look at the latest statistics shows that even fewer of the highest paid employees at Derbyshire police are women.

Last year, 30.5 per cent of the highest-paid employees in the force were female – now that figure has dropped to 22.9 per cent.

Meanwhile, women continue to make up the lion’s share of the force’s lowest-paid – 69.8 per cent.

Derbyshire Constabulary has been approached for comment but had not responded at the time of this article’s publication.

Last year the force stressed that more than two thirds of all of its police officers were men and more than two thirds of its police staff employees were women.

It said that this was vital to understanding the figures.

The force conceded that there was an “over-representation of men in higher ranking positions – together with more men having been employed for longer periods”.

Last year, Derbyshire’s then deputy chief constable, Gary Knighton (who was replaced in November by Rachel Swann) had said: “Derbyshire Constabulary is passionate about equality and committed to being as representative as possible of the community we serve.

“Our gender pay gap data is 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 we are 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.

“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.

“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.”

Deputy chief constable Swann is one of only two women in the force’s top team, alongside divisional commander for the north of the county, chief superintendent Rachel Osborne.

The leadership in charge of day-to-day policing in Derby is an all female trio: Inspector Jo Meakin oversees Derby East, inspector Becky Webster is in charge of Derby West and inspector Lauren Woods leads in Derby North.

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