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This Government's aspiration is that 50% of new public appointees should be women by the end of this Parliament. The Centre for Public Appointments in the Cabinet Office is working with colleagues across Whitehall to modernise recruitment practices and to attract a more diverse field of candidates. As part of this work, I recently hosted an event to encourage more applications from women.
This is also the first year that the Government has published its own statistics on the gender diversity of public appointments. 37% of new public appointments made by Whitehall Departments in 2012-13 were women. The Government will be updating this information on a six monthly basis.