More women in SCS, but govt misses its own diversity target

The proportion of women in the senior civil service (SCS) has risen in the last year, but government has failed to meet its own target, set in a 2008 diversity strategy, to have 39% women in the SCS by March 2013.

By Suzannah.Brecknell

23 Oct 2013

Statistics published by the ONS earlier this month show that in March 2013, 36.2% of the SCS were women, compared to 34.9% in March 2012 and 34.5% in March 2011.

The 2008 strategy also set targets for increasing the number of ethnic minority and disabled civil servants. In both of these areas, the aim was to have representation of 5% in the SCS by 2013.

Government met both of these tartgets in 2011, but the proportion has since fallen back.

In terms of disability, 4.5% of the SCS now declare themselves disabled, compared to 4.3% in 2012 and 5% in 2011.

Meanwhile, the proportion of SCS from an ethnic minority background was 4.7% in March 2013, compared with 4.9% in 2012 and 5.0% in 2011.

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