Female staff encouraged to work on public bodies

May 12, 2021

first_imgEmployers are being urged to encourage female staff to apply for nationalpublic appointments in an effort to improve diversity in public bodies and helpemployees learn new skills. Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt, speaking at a Women and PublicAppointment seminar, said employers can play a key role in society if theyencourage staff to take up public appointments on some of the UK’s 1,000 publicbodies. Currently, women make up just one-third of public appointees, and black andAsian women make up less than 2 per cent. The Government hopes women will hold 45 to 50 per cent of publicappointments by 2005. Hewitt told delegates at the seminar, which was organised by the Women andEquality Unit, that employees who work on public bodies, such as the Health andSafety Commission, also learn new skills and bring these back to the business. “We are absolutely clear that our public services need to reflect thewhole of the community they serve and are funded by,” she said. “Women make up half the population. If our public bodies are to servethe consumer properly they must reflect this – only then can they be trulyrepresentative of all sections of the community.” Hewitt said the skills and experience that women on public bodies broughtback to business would ensure their company’s service delivery reflects theneeds of the community. HR consultant Janet Rubin, who has held senior HR positions at a number oftop UK companies, said her work with public bodies had advanced her career andtaught her many skills. “You pick up best practice wherever you can,” she said. www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk   www.thewnc.org.ukBy Quentin Reade Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Female staff encouraged to work on public bodiesOn 9 Jul 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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