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Recruitment, retention and development.

Our people are our most precious asset, and we want to attract, recruit and develop the best, prioritising achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Aims and objectives

Ensuring that every colleague – from every occupational group – is properly inducted and developed must be a core requirement of a recruitment and retention strategy that prioritises achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce.

We will:

  • Develop local and representative recruitment-related targets for Borough Commanders, who will be accountable for engaging their communities.
  • Establish induction and development pathways for new recruits, seeking opportunities to work in different teams, projects and places.
  • Use induction and training to ensure all our staff understand what behaviours are expected from them and what they can expect from others.
  • Market recruitment campaigns in diverse communities proactively, using gender and culturally aware marketing and event materials to encourage applications from under-represented groups

Pay gap

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 requires that the London Fire Brigade publish the difference between the rate of pay of male and female full-pay employees to show any gender pay gap. Annual data is available from March 2016. And, although it is not a statutory requirement, the LFB also publish ethnicity pay gap data in line with good practice. Annual data is available annually from March 2017.

We agree with the Mayor of London that this is necessary in order to address any inequalities and reduce gaps where these are evident.


As of 31 March 2019 men and women at London Fire Brigade working full-time are paid, on average (median), the following:

  • women: £17.27 per hour
  • Men: £16.79 per hour 

A gender pay gap of minus 2.84 per cent.


As of 31 March 2019 the figures show that there is 0% pay gap for full-time staff in the London Fire Brigade, who make up 98% of the workforce

  • White employees: £16.79 per hour
  • BAME employees: £16.79 per hour

Our pay gap data

You can find the pay gap data we have published on the London Datastore.

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