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Civil Service Fast Stream Recruitment 2006

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

The 2006 Fast Stream Recruitment Report was published on-line at http://www.cabinetof.gov.uk today. It summarises the results of the Civil Service Fast Stream recruitment competitions completed in the year ending November 2006.

Key facts and figures from the Report are as follows.

All vacancies in the Graduate Fast Stream scheme, and 93 per cent. of

Fast Stream vacancies overall, were filled.

The proportion of successful female candidates rose to 50.4 per cent.

from 43.7 per cent. in 2005.

The proportion of successful candidates from ethnic minority

backgrounds rose to 11.1 per cent., from 7.1 per cent. in 2005.

The proportion of successful candidates with a declared disability rose

to 7.4 per cent, from 6.7 per cent in 2005.

The Fast Stream selection process itself is subject to continuous review, and the results are monitored in detail to ensure no adverse impact on any particular groups of applicants. We shall continue to work to improve Fast Stream recruitment from the point of view of both applicants and employing Departments.

The Fast Stream Development Programme remains a popular career choice, and has featured continuously in The Times Top 10 Graduate Employers since the survey's inception. Over the last five years it has attracted an average of 14,000 applications a year.

Copies of the Report have been placed in the Library for the reference of Members.