Gender pay gap narrows at West Midlands Fire Service

In March 2021, the gender pay gay difference was 8.9%. We’re delighted to confirm that it now stands at 6.8%, which is the lowest since 2017 when the figure was first recorded.

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Published on 29 March 2023

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The difference between average earnings for men and women at West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) has reduced further. In March 2021, the difference was 8.9%. We’re delighted to confirm that it now stands at 6.8%, which is the lowest since 2017 when the figure was first recorded.

Since 2017, organisations with 250-plus employees have been required to publish and report their gender pay gap figures. The gap is the difference between the average earnings of men and women, expressed relative to men’s earnings.

Kelly Harding, Head of People Support at WMFS, said: “We still have work to do to meet our three-year target of a zero-pay gap, but our latest gender pay gap figure of 6.8% is clearly a big step towards that and means WMFS average earnings for men and women are now more closely aligned than ever before.

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“To continue our work to close this gap further, we are about to start a pay and grading review for our non-uniformed colleagues, with a key focus of developing a framework that will enable us to address the gender pay gap over time.”

In addition, WMFS has, for several years, taken a ‘positive action’ approach to external recruitment – this approach will now be developed further to apply to existing staff and enable a wider range of diverse candidates, which will help the service become more representative of the communities it serves.

Kelly Harding added: “We are focused on attracting and recruiting people who are underrepresented within our workforce with protected characteristics. We are committed to diversity at all levels of our service.”

“Going forward, we are determined to apply our pay gap analysis approach to other protected characteristics to ensure that we are entirely inclusive for all of our people. In December 2022, WMFS was named the UK’s Most Inclusive Employer.

Our 2023 gender pay gap figure will be released this simmer.