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Department of Health and Social Care: Islam

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Naseem Shah Naseem Shah Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff in his Department reported their religion as Islam in the latest period for which figures are available; what the reported ethnicity of those staff was; and how many of those staff were employed at each grade.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

As part of our commitment to achieving a workforce representative of the society we serve and providing equality of opportunity, we monitor representation of all protected characteristics across the department. Providing diversity information relies on employees voluntarily completing their diversity information on our electronic Human Resources system and we continue to encourage staff to complete their self-declaration.

The declaration rate for faith and belief within the Department is 58%, which is 937 members of Departmental staff as of 23 October 2019 and therefore, it should be noted that the information provided below refers only to staff who have completed their self-declaration. This information refers only to Departmental staff and does not include staff from our executive agencies or arm’s length bodies.

The number of Departmental staff who have declared their faith and belief as Muslim, which we have grouped into grades to ensure that we do not disclose personally identifiable information, are:

- Administrative Officer – Grade 7 – 37; and

- Senior Civil Servant – less than five.

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