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Departmental Ethnic Minority Staff

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to increase numbers of applications from people from ethnic minorities for posts in his Department. (298215)

The Ministry is taking steps to increase the number of job applicants from ethnic minorities with the aim of realising a work force profile that is representative of the communities it serves. The activities associated with these steps are aimed at promoting the Ministry to, and attracting applications from, ethnic minority (BME) candidates. These include:

(a) Advertising all jobs through Jobcentre Plus and the Ministry's web site,

(b) Adverting vacancies in ethnic minority magazines and papers,

(c) Working in local employment partnerships in areas with a high proportion of people from ethnic minorities,

(d) Attending job fairs to promote the Ministry,

(e) Offering work experience opportunities and job shadowing opportunities throughout the Ministry,

(f) For senior civil servant campaigns, using head hunters which have a good track record of attracting a diverse range of applicants,

(g) Interaction with key community groups to inform and involve them in Criminal Justice System.

These activities have resulted in an increased level of applicants from BME backgrounds.

The Ministry has a policy of actively seeking ways of improving its attractiveness to job applicants from ethnic minority communities. Analysis of applications received for Ministry (excluding NOMS) recruitment campaigns in the last two months showed that, of the applicants that voluntarily disclosed their ethnic background, 56 per cent. of applications for jobs in London were from ethnic minorities, 38 per cent. for jobs in Birmingham and 20 per cent. for jobs in Leeds.