Whitehall suffers setback in hitting diversity targets
The Cabinet Office has defended its record on promoting staff diversity inthe Civil Service after the latest disappointing figures on its progress. The percentage of women in the senior Civil Service decreased last year by0.3 per cent to 25 per cent – 10 per cent short of the 2005 target. The numberof women in top management positions also fell by 0.5 per cent to 20.7 percent, more than 4 per cent short of the 2005 target. Numbers of disabled staff remained at about 1.7 per cent of the workforce,but numbers still need to almost double by 2005 to reach the target of 3 percent. Sarah Kissack, diversity team leader at the Cabinet Office, was disappointedby the figures but said the policies are in place to enable the service tomeets its diversity targets. Schemes to promote women, disabled and ethnic minority staff includementoring, focus groups, leadership development programmes and action plans. Kissack’s team are to have meetings with all departments in a bid to sharegood practice throughout the service. Kissack said the Civil Service would continue to focus on recruiting diversestaff at all levels through advertising and sponsorship – targeting the groupsthat need increasing. She added that the overall diversity of the Civil Service workforce reflectsthe working population and aims to develop their skills to fill senior roles. “We are more reflective of diversity than the general workforce anddiversity among our graduate intake is increasing. Our aim is to bring in andbring on this talent.” By Paul Nelson Whitehall suffers setback in hitting diversity targetsOn 26 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.