Civil service 'white and male' despite PM pledge to increase diversity

Posted On: 
28th April 2016

David Cameron has only appointed two women since he took control of the civil service recruitment process, a report has claimed.

The executive body of the civil service is 85% male despite being 50% female five years ago.

A study by the Labour party has shown the executive body of the civil service is completely white and 85% male despite being 50% female five years ago.

Meanwhile Whitehall's corporate management board and the entire Cabinet Office ministerial team are 100% white.

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The research flies in the face of pledges from the Prime Minister to improve gender balance.

Shadow Civil Service Minister Louise Haigh said: “David Cameron claimed the Tories were the ‘party of equality’ but in just five years he has reversed decades of progress at the top of the civil service, taking us back to the days of Sir Humphrey.

“Across the civil service diversity is increasing at a glacial pace, but when it comes to those appointments in the gift of the Prime Minister it is actually going backwards. It seems that those at the top of government prefer it to look and sound just like them.”

Matthew Hancock, the minister for the civil service, said: "Since the launch of the Civil Service Talent Action Plan in 2014 we’ve improved support for returning mothers, increased the number of job shares, and put a halt to all-male interview panels.

“We're making progress. Today, women make up 54% of our civil servants and 44% of new public appointments went to women last year.

"The Bridge Report I commissioned also found that we’re improving gender access to the upper echelons of the civil service. We are determined to build a civil service that reflects the Britain it serves."