Labour were right to highlight these diversity issues. As our analysis also shows, they are real and visible: Although there has been sustained improvement in the representation of women in the higher ranks, the gap is still sizable. Ethnic minority staff are still under-represented as a proportion of the Civil Service. This is especially pronounced in the senior ranks, and there has been virtually no progress recently. The record of appointing women and ethnic minority candidates to the top job is very patchy. When people with working class backgrounds and non-Oxbridge degrees enter a fast stream competition they, as well as ethnic minority candidates, are less likely to get a place on the scheme than others. We provided figures on some of the key trends in a recent blog. In some cases we ended up with different numbers from Labour, and thought it would be helpful to explain why that might be and also to provide some more factual background. It is important to have a clear, evidence-based picture of the problems and whether they have been getting better or worse. In the absence of that, politicians or leaders in the Civil Service might be addressing the wrong problems. Gender […]

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