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S5W-20550: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many of (a) its and (b) each if its agencies staff are qualified to participate on recruitment panels; how many of these people identify as (i) female, (ii) disabled, (iii) black or minority ethnic and (iv) LGBTI, and how many have a protected characteristic, broken down by characteristic.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 9 January 2019

We do not record the number of interview panel members that are qualified to participate, or the protected characteristics of those that are qualified to participate.

Interview panel members should have undertaken all the appropriate training. All panel members should have completed unconscious bias diversity training and it is preferable that all panel members be trained in competency based interviewing - if this is not possible at least one panel member must be trained. In addition, all panels dealing with between band promotions should be chaired by a qualified Lead Panel Member. Lead Panel Members receive role specific training and induction.

The Scottish Government’s recruitment process complies in full with the Civil Service Commissioners’ requirements in respect to selection being based on merit and fair and open competition.