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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what data his Department holds on the level of diversity in its recruitment of employees in each of the last three years. (290506)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office holds the following data on the level of diversity in its recruitment of employees, into both the senior management structure and the delegated grades, in the last three financial years:

FY 2007-08FY 2008-09FY 2009-101

Percentage

Recruits from a Black or ethnic minority background

2

9

11

Recruits who are female

23

47

52

Recruits with a registered disability

4

4

4

1 Data for financial year (FY) 2009-10 cover campaigns completed as of end of August 2009.

Further diversity statistics of UK-based staff can be found in the following publication:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/resources/en/pdf/4103709/5476465/departmental-report/dept-report-vol2-2