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FOI4628 / October 2023 / Maternity Leave

Our ref: FOI4628

26th October 2023

 Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold the information you have requested.

Questions and final response:

Questions 1 – 5 We are collecting information about maternity leave pay for firefighters in your fire and rescue service. Below is the information we would like to obtain from you under the Freedom of Information Act.

We would like to receive data relating to maternity leave pay made by your fire and rescue service, the below questions cover the 52-week period (Ordinary Maternity Leave and Additional Maternity Leave):

1. What pay does a firefighter receive for first 6 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave?

2. What pay does a firefighter receive for the next 12 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave?

3. What pay does a firefighter receive during for the next 21 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave?

4. What pay does a firefighter receive during for the remaining 13 weeks (inclusive) of maternity leave?

5. As of 01/07/23 the salary for a competent firefighter is £36,226, what pay would a firefighter receive for 12 months maternity leave?

Please can you state a numerical figure with a corresponding breakdown.

See attached document for response to questions 1 – 5.

Question 6 - Attach a copy of your most recent FRS maternity policy.

See attached current Essex County Fire & Rescue Service Maternity Policy – updated March 2022.

We hope you find this information useful. 


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