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S5W-20548: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many recruitment panels that (a) it and (b) each of its agencies (i) organised in 2017-18 and (ii) have organised since April 2018 contained no panel member who identified as (A) female, (B) disabled, (C) black or minority ethnic and (D) LGBTI.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 9 January 2019

We do not record the number of interview panels constituted within the Scottish Government or within its agencies, or the protected characteristics of panel membership.

With reference to both internal and external vacancies for directly employed staff, the Scottish Government and its agencies managed 1,559 vacancies in 2017-18 and 1,617 vacancies from April 2018 to 18 December 2018. Some vacancies are not filled at the first attempt, so the number of interview panels in each of these years will be higher than the number of vacancies managed in those years.

We strive to be as diverse as possible with respect to the membership of our interview panels. 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. These requirements do not require the protected characteristics of panel members to be monitored or reported.

We are especially keen to promote a gender balance, and our guidance states: “the panel should be gender balanced, where practicable (where not practicable you should be able to evidence steps taken to achieve this)”.