Civil Service: Women

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many women are members of the senior Civil Service (SCS) in each government department; and what percentage of each department's total number of members of the SCS that represents.

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The number of women in the senior Civil Service (SCS) in each government department and the percentage of the total number of each department's SCS who are women (as at October 2007) are set out in the following table:

Current department Number of Women % of Senior Civil Servants
Assets Recovery Agency 1 33
Cabinet Office 54 35
Central Office of Information 4 31
Charity Commission 5 42
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service 14 40
Crown Prosecution Service 12 36
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 62 32
Department for Children, Schools and Families 46 42
Department for Communities and Local Government 68 48
Department for Culture, Media and Sport 8 24
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 51 27
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills 15 29
Department for International Development 34 36
Department for Transport 44 24
Department for Work and Pensions 107 37
Department of Health 154 40
Estyn (HM Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales) 4 100
Export Credits Guarantee Department 2 14
Food Standards Agency 14 38
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 12 30
Government Communications Headquarters 5 13
Government Offices for The Regions 31 47
Health and Safety Executive 12 24
HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate 1 33
HM Revenue and Customs 106 25
HM Treasury 35 32
Home Office 54 30
Land Registry 11 32
Ministry of Defence 28 11
Ministry of Justice 77 34
National Archives 3 50
National Savings and Investments 2 22
National School of Government 6 55
NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA) 1 13
Northern Ireland Office 4 21
Office for National Statistics 13 26
Office for Standards In Education 13 54
Office of Fair Trading 10 31
Office of Gas and Electricity Markets 6 32
Office of Government Commerce 10 32
Office of Rail Regulation 5 33
Ordnance Survey 2 40
Parliamentary Counsel Office 17 39
Postal Services Commission 2 33
Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office 2 25
Scottish Executive 85 34
Serious Fraud Office 3 27
Treasury Solicitor's Department 32 45
Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) 3 43
Welsh Assembly Government 50 34
Total 1340 32

Note: Data are based on departmental returns and where applicable reflect numbers in post at October 2007, irrespective of funding arrangements. It excludes some civil servants who work at a senior level, such as senior diplomatic and military personnel (source: Cabinet Office SCS database).

The next diversity strategy for the Civil Service, Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity—a Strategy for the Civil Service, was launched on 17 July 2008 and includes new diversity targets for the SCS:

39 per cent of the senior Civil Service to be women;34 per cent of top management posts to be held by women;5 per cent of the senior Civil Service to be minority ethnic staff; and5 per cent of the senior Civil Service to be disabled people.

The aim is to reach these targets within five years, with a stretch target of doing so within three years, and we will publish progress against them every six months. These targets will be underpinned by diversity targets for the SCS in each government department, as well as for their feeder grade populations and grades below where there is under-representation in particular groups.

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