Surrey Police have admitted that there is a gender pay gap in the force.

But assistant chief constable Di Roskilly, the lead for People Services, insisted this week that the gap compared favourably with national figures and said that action was being taken to tackle the problem.

Surrey Police has published their report outlining the gender pay gap between men and women employees following the introduction of new Government rules requiring companies with more than 250 employees to 'go public'.

Assistant Chief Constable Roskilly, who is the lead for People Services said: "It is very important to us that we celebrate the contribution both men and women make to policing. Encouraging all our staff and officers no matter their gender to progress in their career is something which we continue to focus on.

"We will use this data to understand where we need to focus our efforts in order to close the gender pay gap in the future. We are addressing the gap in a number of ways, which includes work to remove any real or perceived barriers that may be preventing women from progressing their careers.

"Alongside Sussex Police, we became the first police forces worldwide to become Thematic Champions for the ‘HeForShe’ movement for gender equality and as part of this we have pledged to commit to achieving gender parity in senior leadership roles."

She said a yearly report on progress would be published.