Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sikhs

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 31st January 2019.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) a religious group.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) employs around 12,500 staff, a third of whom are UK-based and two thirds local staff. We only hold data centrally for UK-based staff.

The number of FCO UK-based staff who are Sikhs is 0.75 per cent. The most recent UK census data estimated that Sikhs are 0.7 per cent of the UK population.

The diversity characteristic used to report this is religion.

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