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Wiltshire Police has recorded a 23% increase in the number of female police officers in the last three years, according to its latest Gender Pay Gap Report 2022, published on 30 March 2023.
Since 2017, any public sector organisation with more than 250 employees must report, and publish, its figures about its gender pay gap annually.
This is the sixth Wiltshire Police Gender Pay Gap Report since public sector reporting was made mandatory in 2017.
The report is a snapshot of Wiltshire Police on 31 March 2022. For the third year running, the Force employed more female police officers and police staff combined than their male counterparts - 1,213 women and 1,156 men – totalling 2,369 employees overall.
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 9.09% on 31 March 2022, a small but welcome decrease from 9.56% in 2021, reflecting the continued growth in female police officer numbers and more women applying for and becoming successful at promotion to senior roles.