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S5W-01632: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) black and minority ethnic (BME), (b) non-BME, (c) male and (d) female staff it has employed in each pay grade on 6 April in each year since 2011, broken down by (i) age and (ii) directorate.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 23 August 2016

We remain committed to increasing the diversity of our people within the organisation and diversity and equality considerations continue to underpin all of our employment policies and practices. Ethnicity is self-declared by Scottish Government staff and has not been disclosed by 15% of our staff and as such we may not have the full picture. The table shows the number of black and minority ethnic staff on 6 April each year in each pay band in the Scottish Government main staff group, broken down by age group where ethnicity has been declared. We are unable to provide a breakdown by directorate as changes to the directorate structure over time make comparisons invalid. In addition, we have excluded senior civil service as this category is too small to disaggregate without potentially identifying individual staff members. The table is available in the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre under BIB number 58139.