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WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND CIVIL SERVICE

Although women form slightly over half of the entire Northern Ireland civil service (NICS), according to the October 2009 report of the NICS's Equal Opportunities Unit, their numbers diminish sharply at the senior levels where they make up less than a third of the workforce. According to the report, a study into the gender disparities is currently underway an was expected to be completed by April 2010. Currently women hold just 24 per cent of Grade 5+ positions, and a number of departments had no women at this level. Table 2 gives a breakdown of each department, ranging from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, where men account for almost two-thirds of the workforce to the Department of Employment and Learning which has almost 67% women. Positively, since 2001 the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has gone from being two-thirds male to now being made up of an equal number of men and women. The NICS recruitment service's latest report for 2008-2009 notes that 46% of all applicants were women, down from 58% in 2001-2002. Of appointments made, 45% were women, which is up from 32% in 2001.

Table 1: Gender breakdown of NICS by grade, March 2010

Grade

Women

Men

% women

Grade 6/7

30

60

36.8

Senior & Higher Executive Officers

210

380

36

Executive Officers

480

480

50

Administrative Officers & Assistants

1490

1430

51

Total

2210.

2350.

48

Table 2: Gender breakdown of NICS by grade, March 2010
(Refers to general staff in NICS)

Grade

Women

Men

% women

Grade 5+

48

152

24

Grade 6/7

237

420

36

Deputy Principal

547

681

44.5

Staff Officer

888

771

53.5

Executive Officer Grade 1&2

3711

1945

65.6

Administrative Officer

5574

2544

68.7

Administrative Assistant

1390

734

65.4

Total

12395...

7247...

63.1

Table 3: Gender breakdown of NICS by department, March 2010

Department

Men

Women

% women

Agricultre & Rural Development (DARD)

2431

1513

38

Culture, Arts & Leisure (DCAL)

141

141

50

Education (DE)

258

401

60.8

Enterprise, Trade & Investment (DETI)

332

351

51

Finance & Personnel (DFP)

1990

1756

46.8

OFMDFM

182

229

55.7

Employment and Learning (DEL)

670

1359

66.9

Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)

419

436

51

Environment (DOE) 1533

1533

1442

48

Regional Development (DRD)

1998

610

23

Social Development (DSD)

3284

4689

58.8

Total

13238

12927

50.6

 

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