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WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM CIVIL SERVICE

Below is a table ranking all major government departments in order of those with the highest percentage of women employees. Work and pensions, the Wales Office and Children, Schools and Family rank near the top while the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office employ the fewest women. Column three shows the percentage of women in each department's senior civil service (SCS) jobs, where the overall picture is much bleaker. In 1998 only 13 per cent of the top 600 civil service posts were held by women but by 2001 this had risen to 24 per cent. In 2003 women the civil service had risen to 26.4% with 22.9% holding top management positions (which exceeded the target of 25% for 2005). In 2008 there were 32.6% of women in the civil service with 25.5% holding top mangaement positions. In 2009 there were 35% of women in the civil service with 27.9% holding top management posts. According to the civil service Equality and Diversity targets from February 2010, the targets for 2013 are for the civil service to be comprised of 39% women with 24% of top management posts held by women. The bottom of the table shows the figures for the devolved administrations in Wales and Scotland; detailed figures for the Northern Ireland civil service are on a separate page.

Women in the civil service by department (as at March 2010)

Department

% women

% women SCS

Work and Pensions

67

37.8

Wales Office 66.6

66.6

0

Children, Schools and Families

59

56.25

HM Revenue & Customs

57.6

32.5

Scotland Office

57

0

Justice

56.6

50

Health

55.8

40.7

Cabinet Office

53.5

40

Innovation, Universities & Skills

52.7

37.5

Home Office

50.8

45

Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

50.7

35.7

International Development

50

30

Northern Ireland Office

46

0

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

46

38.9

HM Treasury

45.5

33

Culture, Media and Sport

41.5

40

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

41.5

21

Defence

38

16.7

Transport

37

28.5

Average

54

29

Devolved

Welsh National Assembly

58

37.5

Scottish Executive

50.8

36.8


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