More work needed in Civil Service’s drive for equality

More than a fifth of ethnic minority staff in the Civil
Service believe they have been treated unfairly as a result of their race,
according to internal research.

It also shows that 17 per cent of disabled staff feel they
have been treated unfairly as a result of their disability.

However, the Civil Service claims it has achieved higher
than average levels of fairness and equality for staff. Seventy one per cent of
civil servants agree that their employer is an equal opportunities employer
compared to an average of 67 per cent for other public, private and voluntary
sector organisations.

Furthermore 60 per cent of staff feel they are treated with
fairness and respect compared to 52 per cent of employees across other
organisations.

Sir Richard Wilson, head of the Home Civil Service, said,
“This is groundbreaking research. No other employer has carried out an exercise
quite like this. It shows that the Civil Service Reform Programme is making
real progress on diversity and is outscoring other public and private sector
organisations on staff perceptions of fairness and equality.”

By Katie Hawkins.
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