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Gender Pay Gap Narrows at Humberside Fire Service

Gender Pay Gap Narrows at Humberside Fire Service

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Gerrard at 3:46pm 16th March 2020.

The gap between pay for men and women at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service narrowed from 2018 to 2019.

Members of the service’s Fire Authority heard the average difference between men and womens’ earnings was around 15.1 per cent in 2019. The figure in 2018 was almost 16.5 per cent.

It comes as the number of women firefighters is also on the rise, with almost a third of those on the most recent full time training courses female.

The Fire Authority heard men still outnumber women in the service, especially in front line operational positions.

There were 781 men in operational roles compared to 45 women as of March 2019, according to Humberside’s Gender Pay Gap report.

Women outnumber men in support and control roles, filling 62 per cent and 87 per cent of positions respectively.

Humberside’s Chief Fire Officer Chris Blacksell said the service was encouraging women to apply for frontline roles.

Mr Blacksell said:

“The data in the report is a snapshot of one day of the year.

All the leaders in the organisation have got the message and we’re trying to push forward and improve wherever we can.

We encourage women to sign up and there’s been a rise in the number of women joining.”

Deputy Chief Executive Phil Shillito said the narrowing of the pay gap and the rising number of female staff showed the service’s work on gender equality was paying off.

Mr Shillito said:

“What we’ve seen is the fruits of all our labours on positive action.

We’ve been working to raise awareness with staff and encourage recuitment without reducing fitness standards.”

He added the service was also working to better accommodate women with individual sleeping and washing areas replacing the shared ones used before female firefighters.

Mr Shillito said:

“We’ve always attracted women into support staff but now we’re starting to see improvement in other areas.”


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