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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16551: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the finding in the report, No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland, that black and minority ethnic applicants for large public sector organisations in Scotland had a 1.1% chance of being appointed, compared with 8.1% for white applicants.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 17 May 2018

Creating diverse workforces and inclusive workplaces that harness the talents of everyone is crucial to support continuous improvement in Scotland’s public services.

Public authorities are subject to a comprehensive set of equality requirements, as set out in the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (as amended). Those requirements include action to improve the delivery of policies and services as well as increasing the diversity of their workforce. Each public authority produces reports on progress with delivery at regular intervals and those reports are regulated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

As part of the Scottish Government’s own equality outcomes as a public sector employer it has committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce to be reflective of Scottish society by 2025.

The Scottish Government, through our Race Equality Action Plan published in December 2017, has committed to a number of actions we will take over this Parliamentary session to drive positive change for minority ethnic communities in Scotland. These include engaging with a wide range of public sector employers in a discussion about what positive actions we can take to improve employment and progression for minority ethnic communities; and publishing a public appointments action plan detailing specific actions on research and positive action steps, in partnership with the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland, race equality and other relevant intermediary organisations.