Wiltshire Police has recorded an 18% increase in the number of female police officers in the last two years, according to its latest Gender Pay Gap Report 2021, published on 28 March 2022.
The report is a snapshot of Wiltshire Police on 31 March 2021. For the second year in a row, the Force employed more female than male police officers and police staff in total - 1,212 women and 1,151 men.
The report shows the percentage difference between the mean (average) and median (mid-point) hourly earnings of men and women in the workplace. Men and women are paid equally at every grade in Wiltshire Police. However, if one gender dominates higher pay graded roles, this results in a gender pay gap.
The median gender pay gap was 9.56% as of 31 March 2021, a slight increase of 0.47% from the 2020 report, mainly due to more male officers joining in previous years who are now past their probation and starting to receive annual pay scale increments.
This is the second year the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has published its own breakdown. Due to its organisational size, PCC Philip Wilkinson isn’t required to publish his office figures, but he believes it is important to publish employee data to ensure transparency and accountability to the county’s residents.
The OPCC directly employs 26 members of staff and 65 employees in total, including those working in departments employed and hosted by the PCC: finance, facilities legal, corporate communications and the service recovery team.
The report shows the OPCC employs more females than males – with 49 females (an increase of eight on the previous year) and 16 males – with women dominating the lowest two pay banding quartiles.
It also shows that in the third pay banding, 68.7% are female with 31.25% male and where there are few senior roles in the highest pay banding quartiles, males and females are equally split.