Friday, March 30, 2007

Department of Transport not on target to hit target?

We all know about diversity in the workplace, and the joy of all-wimmin shortlists in the Labour Party. Getting more women into things is a big drivers for everyone it seems, except perhaps when driver is the job.

According to the Government, there are less women drivers today in the Government Car and Despatch Agency than there were in 2002, but they also have a target to increase the number by 2011.

Looking at the five year trend though they don't look like they're having much luck. Currently, only 5.63% of the drivers in the GCDA are women, and the previous four years look like this.
  • 2002-03 5.68%
  • 2003-04 4.76%
  • 2004-05 4.04%
  • 2005-06 4.76%
Now I know what people will say, they will say "ahhh but the trend is up", and indeed it is. The actually figure is still lower than it was a few years ago, and I wonder why, when releasing the figures, Stephen Ladyboy didn't say what the 2011 target was and instead said it was in the action plan he had placed in the Commons Library. It couldn't be that they're going to miss it could it?

For the record, I don't see the point in having a target in the first place. Best people for the job should get the job. Period. I enjoy laughing at the failure though.

1 comment:

Chris Paul said...

Interesting thing though is that by working on diversity you DO get the best people for the job.

Used to be a Recruitment Advertising writer and buyer and also have to train managers etc in the delights of EO and Anti-R.

In the end they bought into every bit of it when it was explained that by picking WASP men in Manchester they were choosing from something less than 20% of the population. Possibly 15%.

Then they got it right enough.

Some interesting thinks at Immigration Appeal Tribunal today. Will blog soon I hope - but dead tired as up all night preparing appeal for mate - and let you know as it is your bag.