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Call to remove the barriers that result in the under-representation of women at higher grades of the Civil Service

2 July, 2008 - by Jennifer McCann


Commenting on the ways to combat the under-representation of women at higher grades of the Civil Service Sinn Fein spokesperson on women Jennifer McCann MLA said that the review into the relocation of Civil Service jobs offers an opportunity to make senior civil grades more accessible to women.

Ms McCann said:

"In their draft Employment Equality and Diversity Plan which is currently out for consultation, it clearly states that while women make up over 52% of all Civil Service staff, under 28% are represented at grade 5+ level.

There is a clear need to identify the barriers that result in women not taking up higher grade posts within the Civil Service and measures taken to counteract this.

Many women working for the Civil Service have to travel from home into the Greater Belfast area everyday to work. For some, particularly those with children or who care for elderly relatives, the long hours of travel and the lack of family friendly working hours, are difficult.

The current review being conducted into the relocation of Civil Service Job offers an opportunity to ensure that those women who want to go for promotion but are prevented in doing so by the hours spent travelling into and home from work, are given the choice to work nearer home." ENDS

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