AQW 6409/11-15

Mr Paul Maskey MP
Sinn Féin
West Belfast

Tabled Date: 12/01/2012
Answered On Date: 06/02/2012
Priority Written: No

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 6597/08, to detail the (i) actual; and (ii) percentage composition of Civil Service non-industrial and industrial staff, by grade, within each Department/agency, in each year from January 2009 to January 2012, broken down by (a) gender; (b) community background (including non-determined); (c) ethnic background; and (d) people with a disability.

The Northern Ireland Civil Service personnel database is sourced from HRConnect and a number of Department of Justice databases, a process which requires considerable collation and validation, consequently data for 1st Jan 2012 is not available at this time. Information for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 has been placed in the Library
To prevent disclosure of personal information and ensure confidentiality my Department has adopted a publication threshold of 10 for Community Background, Disability and Ethnicity data. Given the relatively small numbers involved for Disability and Ethnicity a two way classification by Grade Level and by Department when coupled with this thresholding, would have highly limited utility as nearly all cells would be suppressed. As a consequence Disability data is presented separately by Grade Level and by Department while Ethnicity is presented at the overall NICS level.