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Recruitment

For the period April 2014 to March 2015, the Council advertised a total of 57 vacancies. Of these vacancies, the Council made successful appointments to 51 of them.

To reach this appointment figure of 51; 1124 people applied for posts across the Council in this year and the Council’s managers shortlisted 223 of these applicants.

So applying these statistics to each post filled, for every post on average 20 people applied, of which 4 were shortlisted and interviewed. This makes an average number of interviews that took place during 2014/15 almost 88.  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
14 1,026 26 58 1,124
Number of shortlisted
candidates
1 204 7 11 223
Number of
appointments
1 47 0 3 51

In summary, this shows 91.3% of applicants were White British, with 1.25 % declaring they were White Other and 2.3% wishing not to declare their ethnicity. Leaving 5.2% of applicants from Non White British ethnicities.

Using the same broad separations into shortlisting we can see that 91.5% of those shortlisted were White British, with 0.5% White Other and 3.1% of the shortlisted candidates choosing not to declare their ethnicity. This leaves 4.9% of those shortlisted coming from Non White British ethnicities.

Looking at those actually appointed the breakdown is 92% White British, 8% Non-White British.

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 interview at 6% demonstrates that West Lancs is attracting applicants from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds, not just those 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
604 19 4 3 0 6 463 25 1,124
Number of
shortlisted
candidates
118 4 1 1 0 4 89 6 223
Number of
appointments
26 1 0 0 0 1 20 3 51

53.7% of applicants declared themselves to be Christian, with 41.3% having no religion and 0.5% choosing not to declare a religious belief. The remaining 4.5% of applicants were Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish or some other religion.

This same spread remains for shortlisted candidates. However, 50.98% of those appointed were Christian, 39.22% had no declared religion and 1.96 % choose not to declare a religion, with 7.84% of  appointments made from the other religions noted above.

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
573 524 27 1124
Number of
shortlisted candidates
104 117 2 223
Number of
appointments
30 20 1 51

50.97% of all applicants were male, with 46.62% being female and 2.41 % choosing not to declare a gender. At shortlisting, the greater proportion of candidates were female at 52.46%, compared to 46.64% male and 0.9 % not declared. However, when we look at those appointed the ratio of male and female changes with 58.8% of successful candidates being male, 39.2% female and 1.96% choosing not to declare. This male / female ratio is disproportionate to the expected consistency with application and shortlisting. 

Whilst no specific conclusions can be drawn from this information, and it cannot be assumed that there is any particular gender bias, the Council will continue to monitor these figures.

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
58 224 145 92 96 131 144 140 57 23 14 1124
Number of
shortlisted
candidates
13 33 24 17 21 34 33 28 10 7 3 223
Number of
appointments
1 8 4 4 6 12 5 5 4 1 1 51

37.99% of applicants were in the age range 16 to 30 years, with 41.19% being 31 to 49 years and 19.57% aged over 50 years, the remainder were undeclared. The 31 to 50 group remain the majority at shortlisting stage at 47%, with the 16 to 30 group reducing to 31.4%, leaving 20.2 % over 50 being shortlisted.

When looking at the age range for those appointed, 25.49% were aged 16 to 30, 52.94% aged 31 to 50 years and 19.6% 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.

This will assist in maintaining an appropriate age profile of the overall workforce.

Disability

Disabled Yes No Not
declared
Total
Number of
applications
60 1058 6 1124
Number of
shortlisted candidates
6 213 4 223
Number of
appointments
1 50 0 51

94% of all applicants did not consider themselves to have a disability, with 5.5% confirming they did and 0.5 % preferring not to declare. Of those shortlisted 2.7% were disabled, 1.8% chose not to declare and 95.5% were not disabled.

98% of those appointed did not declare a disability, with 2% being disabled. The proportion of disabled applicants successful at interview was slightly greater than the proportion of those that applied overall.  No specific conclusions can be drawn from this information.  The Council will continue to monitor these figures.

Sexual orientation

Sexual
orientation
Heterosexual Bisexual Lesbian Gay Not
declared
Total
Number of
applicants
1048 45 7 17 7 1124
Number of
shortlisted
applicants
208 2 3 5 5 223
Number of
appointments
49 0 0 1 1 51

93.2% of all applicants identified themselves as heterosexual, with 4.0% being bisexual, 2.1% being gay or lesbian and 0.7% choosing not to declare their sexual orientation. At shortlisting, 93.27 % of candidates were heterosexual, 0.89% were bisexual, 3.58% were gay or lesbian and 2.26% had chosen not to declare their sexual orientation.

However, of those successful, 96% declared themselves to be heterosexual and 2% chose not to declare and 2% were gay or lesbian. The Council is encouraged that the majority of applicants feel able to be open in applications about their sexual orientation. We will continue to monitor 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.