Generally, pay and conditions for both uniformed and non-uniformed staff are set nationally. However, there are local variations which have been negotiated in Kent between us as the employer and staff, through their unions where appropriate.
Pay policy statement
The Localism Act 2011 requires the Authority to publish a Pay Policy Statement for each financial year beginning with 2013/14. The Pay Policy Statement describes the arrangements in place for setting and amending the pay of its employees.
See how many officers are paid more than £50,000 per annum in our Statement of Accounts. This shows how many staff are paid more than £50k, in bands of £5k. Other than those on the Corporate Management Board (CMB), we will not publish the details of the individual pay of any officer, as this data is personal to that individual. We will also not release this data under any freedom of information request.
To give an idea of the responsibilities someone attracting a salary in excess of £50k has, we have provided job descriptions for the following roles:
- Uniformed – area manager: this is the most senior uniformed role outside of CMB. They would be most likely to attend Level 4 incidents, which are the largest and most complex incidents.
- Uniformed - group manager: this role provide cover for level 3 incidents [for example a complex house fire or large car crash], and will sometimes act up to level 4 incidents.
- Uniformed – station manager: this role provides cover for level 2 incidents [such as more straightforward single room house fires], and will sometimes act up to level 3 incidents.
- Uniformed – watch manager: this role manages teams of firefighters directly, and will deal with level 1 and 2 incidents, which range from small fires to straightforward house fires.
- Uniformed – crew manager
Other uniformed roles
- Detection and monitoring officers
- Inter-agency liaison officers
- Fire investigation officers
- Additional hours contracts: some uniformed staff do additional voluntary hours for us over and above their core duties. These can be as a firefighter, even if their primary role is, for example, a watch manager. This is done under a secondary contract with the Service. Payment is made at the standard rate for the role performed which is set nationally.
There are non-uniformed roles which earn in excess of £50k per year, in a variety of disciplines. We have chosen to not publish the job descriptions for these individuals as it will lead to people being very easy to identify. However, they are generally in the business areas of human resources, procurement, property management, communications, and finance.