Police gender pay gap

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 23rd July 2019.

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

Do you expect the recruitment of part time police officers to negatively impact the police gender pay gap?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Met has commissioned a number of projects aimed at increasing the diversity of the service. Whilst the introduction of part time police officers is not exclusively aimed at females, we hope that it will tackle some of the barriers that have prevented some women joining the Met.

The gender pay gap report makes it clear that police officer and police staff pay is determined by role with no reference to gender. Female employees who undertake the same role, have the same length or service, and work the same hours, receive the same pay as male employees.

The Met recognises that if successful in our aims to recruit more female and BAME police officers it will have an impact on gender and ethnicity pay gaps as individuals will join on lower pay points due to length of service in rank. Part time recruitment will potentially have a further impact as individuals will earn less than full time staff.

Importantly, the Commissioner and I recognise the importance of offering choice and a broad range of employment options. We believe that the positive impacts of developing the Met as an inclusive and diverse organisation outweigh any slight negative impact on the pay gap.