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Public Appointments: Annual Report for Northern Ireland, 2016/17

Statistics relating to public appointments in Northern Ireland in 2016/17.

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Public Appointments: Annual Report for Northern Ireland, 2016/17

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This is an annual report detailing statistics relating to public appointments in Northern Ireland in 2016/17. Specifically, statistics are provided in relation to:

  • Applications for public appointments between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017;
  • Public appointments made between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017; and
  • Public appointments held at 31st March 2017.

Note:

Note: An error in this report, originally published on 27 September 2018, occurred due to the accidental omission of some equal opportunity monitoring data which related to 2016/17. In the data collection process, departments were instructed to record some of the 2016/17 equal opportunity monitoring data in a section labelled 2017/18, which led to the error.

The correction results in less ‘unknown’ data in the ‘Applications’ and ‘Appointments made’ sections (parts 1 and 2 respectively) of the report and the corresponding data tables.

The proportion of applications received for public appointments for which gender is unknown has dropped from 35% to 16%; the proportion of appointments made for which gender is unknown has dropped from 37% to 20%. There is also a decrease in the information which is unknown for the other Equal Opportunity groups.

The total numbers of applications and appointments made remain unchanged.

There is no effect on the ‘Appointments held’data (part 3 of the report) or the corresponding tables; both have a different data source to the one resulting in the error above.

As providing Equal Opportunity information is not compulsory for Public Appointments; and Equal Opportunity data has to be collected separately from names and other personally identifiable information and matched later using Unique Reference Numbers; in a process which is vulnerable to data input error, there are gaps in the data. It is possible that this publication may be revised if improved data collection procedures are introduced or recording of Equal Opportunity information is made compulsory.

The corrected report will be published on 23rd November 2018.

Published 27 September 2018
Last updated 21 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Note: An error in this report, originally published on 27 September 2018, occurred due to the accidental omission of some equal opportunity monitoring data which related to 2016/17. In the data collection process, departments were instructed to record some of the 2016/17 equal opportunity monitoring data in a section labelled 2017/18, which led to the error. The correction results in less ‘unknown’ data in the ‘Applications’ and ‘Appointments made’ sections (parts 1 and 2 respectively) of the report and the corresponding data tables. The proportion of applications received for public appointments for which gender is unknown has dropped from 35% to 16%; the proportion of appointments made for which gender is unknown has dropped from 37% to 20%. There is also a decrease in the information which is unknown for the other Equal Opportunity groups. The total numbers of applications and appointments made remain unchanged. There is no effect on the ‘Appointments held’data (part 3 of the report) or the corresponding tables; both have a different data source to the one resulting in the error above. As providing Equal Opportunity information is not compulsory for Public Appointments; and Equal Opportunity data has to be collected separately from names and other personally identifiable information and matched later using Unique Reference Numbers; in a process which is vulnerable to data input error, there are gaps in the data. It is possible that this publication may be revised if improved data collection procedures are introduced or recording of Equal Opportunity information is made compulsory. The corrected report will be published on 23rd November 2018.
  2. First published.