Equality and diversity

The Civil Service's diversity and inclusion policies and how equality and diversity are monitored.

The Civil Service is a modern and diverse workplace, committed to promoting and ensuring equality and valuing diversity. We will not unlawfully discriminate in any aspect of employment, including:

  • how employees are selected
  • employment terms offered
  • whether employees are promoted or receive training, transfers or benefits
  • how employees are treated

Civil Service workforce

The Civil Service is committed to improving the delivery of public services for everyone in society. Respecting and valuing differences will help to ensure that our policies and services reflect the needs and experiences of the people we serve. To do this effectively, we need a workforce with the very best possible mix of existing and future talent.

The statistics below demonstrate the diversity of our workforce. However we acknowledge that we need to do more, particularly at senior levels.

Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Statistics to Q2 2015

  Civil Service Senior Civil Service
Women 54.1% 38.6%
Minority Ethnic 10.6% 4.1%
Disabled 8.9% 3.2%

Talent Action Plan

The Civil Service Talent Action Plan details actions to remove barriers and ensure that the best people progress in the Civil Service. It sets out actions to ensure that we remain one of the best and most progressive UK employers.

How we monitor diversity

Civil Service departments and agencies monitor their workforce in terms of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, and working patterns. Following the introduction of the public sector equality duty in April 2011, departments have extended this monitoring to include other protected characteristics such as sexual orientation and religious belief.

Data is collected through voluntary self surveys and stored confidentially. This information helps us to ensure our policies and procedures are fair and do not discriminate against any group of employees. Departments and agencies also monitor applications to ensure that the recruitment process is fair and non-discriminatory.

Our networks

Our networks offer help and support to civil servant s and raise awareness of some of the barriers faced by our underrepresented groups. There are a range of networks across the Civil Service:

Awards and Recognition

We regularly benchmark ourselves against other organisations and we are proud that the progress we have made is being recognised externally.


Individual departments have also been recognised as leaders in diversity and inclusion. For example, in December 2014 the Home Office was named as one of eight star performers by Stonewall.


Email: csde.team@dwp.gsi.gov.uk