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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22136: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what requirement there is on its directorates to explain and address any reported race and ethnic disparities.

Answered by: Christina McKelvie 22 March 2019

The Scottish Government is committed to increasing the representation of minority ethnic employees. We are a signatory of the Race at Work Charter which reflects our commitment to improve race equality at all levels.

There is no requirement on each directorate to report on race and ethnic disparities. Directorates are provided with their diversity data as part of organisational assurance processes and use this information to inform Directorate workforce planning and recruitment activity. Directors are accountable to their Director Generals for decisions they take in relation to diversity and inclusion in support of an overall outcome to increase the diversity of our workforce to reflect the general Scottish population by 2025 and fostering an inclusive workforce culture and valuing the contribution of employees from all backgrounds.

The Scottish Government’s progress towards achieving its stated outcomes for diversity and inclusion are published in an equality mainstreaming report. The next report is due to be published on April 2019.