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Departmental Equality

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability, (e) sexual orientation and (f) religion or belief of its staff; and what assessment she has made of her Department's performance against its targets relating to diversity in its workforce. (246025)

Through a combination of compulsory and voluntary processes, the Department collects data in relation to all these categories of its staff. This information is presented in the Department's annual Workforce Diversity Data report; the 2007-08 report is in the final stages of drafting.

At March 2008, the Department exceeded the cross-Whitehall targets on women, BME and disabled staff in the SCS, as set out in the Civil Service 10 Point Diversity Plan. The following table shows our final position together with the new targets required by its successor, ‘Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity: A strategy for the Civil Service’ (published July 2008).

Percentage

SCS Group

Cross-Government targets 2008

Cross-Government targets 2011

Communities targets for March 2011

Results at 31 March 20081

Women in SCS

37

39

50

41.3

Women in top management positions

30

34

40

33.3

BME staff2

4

5

8

4.8

Staff with disabilities2

3.2

5

7

4.7

1 Results are based on the SCS staff providing information to Personnel Information Management System (PIMS). 2 Percentage differences between BME and disabled staff are caused by disparities in SCS data completion rates.