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Recruitment

For the period April 2016 to March 2017, the Council advertised 53 vacancies. Of these vacancies, the Council made successful appointments to 44 of them.

To reach this appointment figure of 44; 513 people applied for posts across the Council in this year and the Council’s managers shortlisted 136 of these applicants.

So applying these statistics to each post filled, for every post on average aprox.10 people applied, of which  2.56 were shortlisted and interviewed. The equality profile of the people who applied, were shortlisted and ultimately appointed to the posts are detailed below:

Ethnicity

Ethnicity

White other

White British

Do not wish to declare

Non-white British

Total

Number of  applications

18

439

37

19

513

Number of shortlisted candidates

4

120

7

5

136

Number of appointments

2

39

3

0

44

In summary, this shows 85.6% of applicants were White British, with 3.5% declaring they were White Other and 7.2% wishing not to declare their ethnicity, leaving 3.7% of applicants from Non White British ethnicities.

Using the same broad separations into shortlisting we can see that 88.3% of those shortlisted were White British, with 2.9% White Other and  5.1% of the shortlisted candidates choosing not to declare their ethnicity. This leaves 3.7 % of those shortlisted coming from Non White British ethnicities.

Looking at those actually appointed the breakdown is 88.6% White British, 4.6% White Other, with 6.8% appointed applicants preferring no to disclose their ethnicity.

This demonstrates that the ethnicity representation at all stages of recruitment is proportionate and consistent. It also illustrates that there is no obvious discrimination or particular bias at any of the recruitment stages. The proportion of White British applicants is also representative of the population in the West Lancashire area. The population of West Lancashire has less than a half a percent of Non-White British residents, based on the 2011 census. The level of applicants and success at shortlisting at 3.7% demonstrates that West Lancs is attracting applicants from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds, not just resident in the local community.

Religion and belief

Religion or belief

Christian

Muslim

Hindu

Buddhist

Jewish

Not declared

No religion

Other

Total

Number of applications

262

8

1

2

2

94

131

13

513

Number of shortlisted candidates

76

1

1

1

1

21

33

2

136

Number of appointments

23

0

0

0

0

9

12

0

44

51.1% of applicants declared themselves Christian, with 25.5% having no religion and 18.3% choosing not to declare a religious belief. The remaining 5.1% of applicants were Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish or some other religion.

This same spread remains for shortlisted candidates. However, 55.9% of those appointed were Christian, 24.3% had no religion and 15.4% choose not to declare a religion.  The remaining 4.4% were Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish or some other religion.

The representation at all levels does show a consistent ratio throughout the interview process, again, not indicating any discrimination or disadvantage to any particular group from these results. The Council will continue to monitor these figures to maintain the same consistency in future years.  

Gender

Gender

Male

Female

Not declared

Total

Number of applications

216

295

2

513

Number of shortlisted candidates

68

68

0

136

Number of appointments

11

33

0

44

42.1% of all applicants were male, with 57.5% being female and 0.4 % choosing not to declare a gender. At shortlisting, the gender balance was even with 50% being female and 50 % male. However, when we look at those appointed the ratio of male and female changes with 75% of successful candidates being female, 25% male. This male / female ratio from application to appointment shows a significant increase in the proportions of females successful at interview. This does not necessarily mean there is any particular gender bias, but it is an area that the Council will monitor.

Age

Age

16- 20

21- 25

26- 30

31- 35

36- 40

41- 45

46- 50

51- 55

56- 60

60+

Not declared

Total

Number of applications

11

65

48

44

38

55

83

77

41

14

37

513

Number of shortlisted candidates

4

15

13

13

15

14

16

24

13

3

6

136

Number of appointments

2

4

3

2

3

4

13

4

3

0

6

44

24.2% of applicants were in the age range 16 to 30 years, with 42.9% being 31 to 50 years and 25.7% aged 51 years and older, the remainder was undeclared. The 31 to 50 group remain the majority at shortlisting stage at 42.6%, with the 16 to 30 group staying proportionate to the number of application in this age range
at 23.5%, leaving 29.4% aged over 51 being shortlisted.

When looking at the age range for those appointed, 20.5% were aged 16 to 30, 50% aged 31 to 50 years and 15.9% aged over 50 Years, the remainder undeclared. It is encouraging to see applicants in all age groups applying, and being successful in achieving positions with the Council.  The success of younger candidates in the process is not as proportionate, with older, possibly more experienced candidates proving to be more successful than the ratios at application and shortlisted would have indicated.

Disability

Disabled

Yes

No

Not declared

Total

Number of applications

14

451

48

513

Number of shortlisted candidates

3

124

9

136

Number of appointments

0

38

6

44

 87.9% of all applicants did not consider themselves to have a disability, with 2.7% confirming they did and 9.4% preferring not to declare. Of those shortlisted 2.2% were disabled, 6.6% chosen not to declare and 91.2% were not disabled.

86.4% of those appointed did not declare a disability, with 13.6% not declared. The proportion of disabled applicants reaching shortlisting is proportionate to those who applied. However, this success does not continue to interview. There are a high number of applicants who chose not to declare whether or not they had a disability. This is greater than in previous years.  No specific conclusions can be drawn from this information, but the Council will continue to monitor this trend.

Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation

Heterosexual

Bisexual

Lesbian

Gay

Not declared

Total

Number of applicants

443

2

7

1

60

513

Number of shortlisted applicants

121

0

1

0

14

136

Number of appointments

36

0

0

0

8

44

86.4% of all applicants identified themselves as heterosexual, with 0.3% being bisexual, 1.6% being gay or lesbian and 11.7% choosing not to declare their sexual orientation. At shortlisting, 88.97 % of candidates were heterosexual, 0.74% were gay or lesbian and 18.2% had chosen not to declare their sexual orientation.

However, of those successful, 81.8% declared themselves heterosexual, and 18.2% chose not to declare. There are a high proportion of applicants who chose not to declare their sexual orientation, which is higher than in previous years. We will continue to monitor this and the ratio of applicants to successful appointments in coming years to assist in identifying any barriers to appointments being made from a diverse range of candidates.