Ursula Brennan, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice looks at how the Civil Service and the Ministry of Justice are celebrating the important work civil servants are doing to increase diversity in the Civil Service.
Diversity and inclusion
Sir Simon Fraser, Civil Service Diversity Champion, congratulates the four Civil Service teams that won Race for Opportunity Awards.
The cross-Civil Service Diversity team and HM Revenue and Customs both picked up awards, whilst the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Crown Prosecution Service's Peter Lewis were highly commended at last night's awards (23 September).
Merran Hilton and Verity Prime, job share partners at the Department for Education, share their tips for making a successful partnership.
Sir Jeremy calls the Talent Action Plan one of the "most important documents and policies we have published in the Civil Service in recent years." Read more of his thoughts on the plan.
Sir Jeremy Heywood introduces the Civil Service Talent Action Plan - a series of new measures to ensure the Civil Service is among the most female-friendly employers in the country, and where the most talented people succeed and reach the top positions, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or disability.
London was painted in the colours of the rainbow over the weekend, as the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* communities and allies came together for ‘Pride in London’.
When the Government Office network was abolished, and we both applied for the same position in the newly created Local Intelligence Team in the office of Civil Society (Cabinet Office), we were offered the post on a job-share basis. We are part of a team of 9, with 1 colleague based in each of the other 7 English regions and we have an outward facing role, engaging with stakeholders from voluntary and community sector organisations, local authorities and business across the whole of the South West.
My husband and I have been job-sharing the role of Ambassador in Armenia for the past two years. We decided to use the format pioneered by the first couple to job-share the head of post role – four months on/off – and have found this has worked very well, for us, for the Embassy team and for our wider external contacts. It is a long enough period to see a lot of decisions/ business through and to (re)establish yourself as the person in the hot seat; but it is not so long that you lose touch with the key issues or the key people.
I’m a big fan of job shares – so am delighted this network has been established. I was recently involved with some work on getting more women into senior positions in the civil service. One of the major issues we identified was managers not understanding the benefits of having jobsharers working for them – and not thinking creatively enough about how they can design jobs to suit jobsharers.