“We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” ― Gloria Steinem

On this page you will find information about gender and the workforce, and any initiatives the Service undertakes to promote gender equality. The Service believes that gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service is working to ensure that the workplace is an enjoyable environment for all employees and those that come into contact with our services.

Gender and the Workforce

The distribution of female employees at LFRS is 15.7% across the Service, 6.1% in operational roles (including Control). The distribution of women in support staff roles is 61%.

Gender Profile of Employees
Staff Group Men Women Not Stated
Operational 531 20 0
Control 11 15 0
Support 48 75 0
Total 590 110 0

The proportion of women working for LFRS has remained largely static over the last four years. In 2015 women represented 15.6% across the workforce. However in operational roles (including Control staff) there has been an increase from 5.3% in 2015 to 6.1%.

As an employer with 250 or more employees, we have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 to publish our gender pay gap. Please see below for our latest gender pay gap guide: