As of October 2017, the diversity monitoring data indicates that:
62% of the total population are women
at Senior Civil Service level, 47% are women
at the most senior levels 50% are women.
The most recent comparable figures from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) indicate that 47% of solicitors with practising certificates are female. Figures available from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) indicate that 36% of barristers with practising certificates are female.
Of those who responded to the diversity monitoring questionnaire:
19% of the total population declared that they were from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background
at Senior Civil Service level, 10% declared that they were from a BAME background.
Comparable figures for BAME representation in the legal profession published by the BSB and the SRA indicate that, excluding those whose ethnicity was unknown, solicitors from BAME groups accounted for 18% of all solicitors with practising certificates and BAME barristers comprised 13% of the practising profession.
The proportion of staff who declared a disability in response to the diversity monitoring questionnaire (as a % of those who responded) stands at: