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Civil service numbers decline, but women increase as a proportion
There were 418,300 civil servants as at 31 March 2016, down 15,500 or 3.6% on a year previously, according to the 2016 Civil Service Statistics, published by the Office for National Statistics.
Women made up 54.2% of the Civil Service at 31 March 2016, up 0.4 percentage points from the previous year. However, women increased as a proportion of the Senior Civil Service (40.1%, up 1.2 percentage points on the previous year and 8.2 percentage points since March 2008). There has also been an increase in the proportion of Grades 6 and 7 who are women, from 38.1% in 2008 to 44.8% in 2016.
Of those civil servants who declared their ethnicity, 11.2% were from an ethnic minority, up 0.5 percentage points on March 2015. As at March 2016, 12.8% of civil servants at Executive Officer level were from an ethnic minority, but at the Senior Civil Service level the proportion was only 7.0% (although this still represented an increase of 0.4 percentage points from the previous year).
In March 2016, 9.2% of civil servants who declared their disability status were disabled, an increase of 0.3 percentage points from March 2015. This proportion was, however, higher in lower responsibility levels: at the Administrative responsibility level, it was 10.1%, compared with 4.7% at Senior Civil Service level.
Despite the overall decrease in the number of civil servants, there was actually a rise in the numbers employed at the most senior levels of responsibility, with the Senior Civil Service up by 1.2% and Grades 6 and 7 up by 1.1%. This did not, however, represent large increases in the numbers employed, as these grades account for only 11% of the total Civil Service. The next group down, Senior and Higher Executive Officers, declined by 1.3%; Executive Officers by 0.5%; and the Administrative level by 8.4%.
Only in Wales did the number of civil servants increase, by 1.2%. Elsewhere there were decreases, the biggest being in the West Midlands (down 10.9%) and the South East (down by 8.3%). London continued to account for the highest proportion of Civil Service employment, with 19% of the total. The next highest proportion, which was in the North West, was only 12%.
- The data can be found at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/civilservicestatistics2016
- This release covers the home Civil Service (including its members posted to Northern Ireland or overseas), but does not include members of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
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