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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18565: ()

Date lodged: 4 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-17179 by Derek Mackay on 21 June 2018, how many people who (a) applied, (b) interviewed and (c) were appointed for positions at the social security agency had a protected characteristic (i) since 1 May 2018, and (ii) in total since recruitment began, broken down by characteristic.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 September 2018

Not all of the data requested is available. We hold a record of agreed interview dates and agreed start dates but we have no way to confirm whether a candidate actually attended the interview or ended up taking up the post.

Table A: Breakdown of diversity characteristics for candidates who applied for a vacancy in Social Security Scotland.

All candidates who applied

Protected Characteristic

All Data from 2015 to date

Data since 1st May 2018

Gender

N

%

N

%

1. Female

2333

49.32%

1002

51.36%

2. Male

2312

48.88%

928

47.57%

3. Prefer not to say

58

1.23%

19

0.97%

4. Unknown

27

0.57%

2

0.10%

All

4730

100%

1951

100%

     

Ethnic Group

N

%

N

%

1. White

4328

91.50%

1760

90.21%

2. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic

280

5.92%

148

7.59%

3. Prefer not to say

95

2.01%

42

2.15%

4. Unknown

27

0.53%

1

0.05%

All

4730

100%

1951

100%

     

Disability

N

%

N

%

1. Disabled

119

2.52%

65

3.33%

2. Not disabled

2551

53.93%

1363

69.86%

3. Prefer not to say

1120

23.68%

46

2.36%

4. Unknown

940

19.87%

477

24.45%

All

4730

100%

1951

100%

     

Sexual Orientation

N

%

N

%

1. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and other

262

5.54%

125

6.41%

2. Heterosexual

4189

88.56%

1723

88.31%

3. Prefer not to say

252

5.33%

101

5.18%

4. Unknown

27

0.57%

2

0.10%

All

4730

100%

1951

100%

     

Religion

N

%

N

%

1. None

2499

52.83%

1079

55.30%

2. Christian Denomination

1737

36.72%

674

34.55%

3. Other Religion or Belief

203

 

97

4.97%

4. Prefer not to say

263

5.56%

97

4.97%

5. Unknown

28

0.59%

4

0.21%

All

4730

100%

1951

100%

Table B: Breakdown of diversity characteristics for candidates who have an interview date recorded for a vacancy in Social Security Scotland.

All applicants with an interview date in the system

Protected Characteristic

All Data from 2015 to date

Data since 1st May 2018

Gender

N

%

N

%

1. Female

436

54.50%

164

57.54%

2. Male

354

44.25%

120

42.11%

3. Prefer not to say

8

1.00%

0

0.00%

4. Unknown

2

0.25%

1

0.35%

All

800

100%

285

100%

     

Ethnic Group

N

%

N

%

1. White

769

96.13%

276

96.84%

2. Black, Asian and minority ethnic

17

2.13%

6

2.11%

3. Prefer not to say

12

1.50%

2

0.70%

4. Unknown

2

0.25%

1

0.35%

All

800

100%

285

100%

     

Disability

N

%

N

%

1. Disabled

28

3.50%

8

2.81%

2. Not disabled

521

65.13%

190

66.67%

3. Prefer not to say

24

3.00%

5

1.75%

4. Unknown

227

28.38%

82

28.77%

All

800

100%

285

100%

     

Sexual Orientation

N

%

N

%

1. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and other

41

5.13%

17

5.96%

2. Heterosexual

713

89.13%

255

89.47%

3. Prefer not to say

44

5.50%

12

4.21%

4. Unknown

2

0.25%

1

0.35%

All

800

100%

285

100%

     

Religion

N

%

N

%

1. None

430

53.75%

158

55.44%

2. Christian Denomination

312

39.00%

105

36.84%

3. Other Religion or Belief

21

2.63%

6

2.11%

4. Prefer not to say

35

4.38%

15

5.26%

5. Unknown

2

0.25%

1

0.35%

All

800

100%

285

100%

Table C: Breakdown of diversity characteristics for candidates who have a start date recorded for a vacancy in Social Security Scotland.

All applicants with an agreed start date in the system

Protected Characteristic

All Data from 2015 to date

Data since 1st May 2018

Gender

N

%

N

%

1. Female

215

55.70%

54

62.07%

2. Male

164

42.49%

32

36.78%

3. Prefer not to say

3

0.78%

0

0.00%

4. Unknown

4

1.04%

1

1.15%

All

386

100%

87

100%

     

Ethnic Group

N

%

N

%

1. White

371

96.11%

84

96.55%

2. Black, Asian and minority ethnic

5

1.30%

1

1.15%

3. Prefer not to say

6

1.55%

1

1.15%

4. Unknown

4

1.04%

1

1.15%

All

386

100%

87

100%

     

Disability

N

%

N

%

1. Disabled

12

3.11%

1

1.15%

2. Not disabled

250

64.77%

52

59.77%

3. Prefer not to say

22

5.70%

4

4.60%

4. Unknown

102

26.42%

30

34.48%

All

386

100%

87

100%

     

Sexual Orientation

N

%

N

%

1. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and other

21

5.44%

3

3.45%

2. Heterosexual

339

87.82%

78

89.66%

3. Prefer not to say

22

5.70%

5

5.75%

4. Unknown

4

1.04%

1

1.15%

All

386

100%

87

100%

     

Religion

N

%

N

%

1. None

237

61.40%

54

62.07%

2. Christian Denomination

122

31.61%

27

31.03%

3. Other Religion or Belief

6

1.55%

*

*

4. Prefer not to say

17

4.40%

4

4.60%

5. Unknown

4

1.04%

*

*

All

386

100%

87

100%