Home Office / The NETWORK
The Home Office and its Race Equality staff support, The NETWORK, recognised that we didn’t have enough BAME SCS staff to have truly ethnically diverse panels, and to ensure all our SCS PB1 panels had ethnic diversity for all panels, we set out from Early 2018, to have truly independent panel members(IPMs) at interview and selection process at all SCS Pay Band 1 level boards, we trained 20 G6 BAME staff to assess on panels with parity of decision making.
In the last reporting year, we provided over 50 BAME IPMs and feedback from both BAME and non-BAME panel members has been overwhelmingly positive. Not only does this mean that every Home Office SCS PB1 panel is now visibility ethnically diverse, but by having ethnicity diverse IPMs at every stage in the recruitment process; at sift and interview stage, from outside of the recruiting business areas, brings a diversity of approach, opinion, thought and lived experience, to create true challenge, provide true independent scrutiny and rigor to the process of Home Office leadership appointments at both sifting and interview panels.
By utilising our talented BAME G6s, we are actively investing and valuing them as equals whilst developing them. We are also showcasing our BAME talent to candidates to demonstrate that we are proud of our diversity staff make up.
The Home Office became the first department to deliver this systematically and has seen an increase in both BAME success applicants shortlisted for interview from 7.8% in 2017-2018 to 10% in 2018-2019, with appointments rising from 5.6% to 9.3% at the same time, we appointed the first ever HO BAME Director General and have the highest number of BAME SCS (a key Cabinet Office target grade) in government, including this first ever BAME Principle Private Secretary to both the Permanent secretary and separately to the Second Permanent secretary.