Department for International Trade: Ethnic Groups

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 30th July 2019.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour/Co-operative, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many BAME staff are employed at (a) grade 7, (b) grade 5 and (c) grade 3 in his Department.

Photo of Conor Burns Conor Burns The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The following table shows the number of staff in the Department for International Trade (DIT) (including UK Export Finance) who have self-reported as BAME on departmental systems, as at 30 June 2019.


Number of staff who have self-reported as BAME (30 June 2019)

Grade 7


Grade 5 (SCS1)


Grade 3 (SCS2)

Fewer than 5

As ethnic minority staff remain underrepresented at senior levels across the Civil Service, ambitious targets were set in June 2018 to increase the flow of ethnic minority civil servants into the SCS. By 2025, we aim for 13.2% of new SCS starters to be from an ethnic minority background across the Civil Service.

In DIT, 24% of new SCS starters since April 2017 are BAME.

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