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1 Diversifying the Civil Service Daniel Foster Civil Service Islamic Society (chair) Nazir Afzal, OBE Crown Prosecution Service London West (director) 3 rd April 2008

2 Key messages Muslims are a growing minority in the UK Evidence they are underrepresented at higher grades in the civil service This is despite high education levels of Muslim civil servants Sir Gus O’Donnell wants the Civil Service to be the #1 employer for Muslims in the UK Permanent secretaries, diversity leads, HR, policy makers and line managers have a part to play The CSIS is here to help

3 The survey Early in 2006 the CSIS surveyed 101 Muslim civil servants Respondents were predominantly Whitehall based They came from around 15 different departments Results are indicative rather than conclusive But this is the best information we have so far

4 Some Statistics Awareness 85% of respondents felt their beliefs were respected But 56% felt colleagues lacked even a basic understanding of Islam 30% felt they couldn’t discuss Islam freely in the workplace

5 Some Statistics Discrimination 78% of respondents felt they were treated equally at work But 44% felt Muslims don’t have the same opportunities as others in the Civil Service, and 31% have been discriminated against because of their faith

6 Some Statistics Promotion and progression 86% of respondents felt promotion processes are fair 98% felt recruitment processes are fair But 86% of respondents were at HEO level or below The majority have degrees (some postgraduate) 45% didn’t expect to enter the SCS within their career

7 Some Statistics Facilities 81% of respondents had access to a prayer room at work But 11% were not permitted to take time off to pray 36% didn’t have access to necessary wash facilities to prepare for prayer

8 Some Statistics And finally… 85% of respondents would recommend the Civil Service to other Muslims …(no buts)

9 Looking forwards Faith monitoring on a par with race monitoring Cultural awareness training Prayer rooms and wash facilities Encouraging applications to Fast Stream and promotion boards

10 Key messages Muslims are a growing minority in the UK Evidence they are underrepresented at higher grades in the civil service This is despite high education levels of Muslim civil servants Sir Gus O’Donnell wants the Civil Service to be the #1 employer for Muslims in the UK Permanent secretaries, diversity leads, HR, policy makers and line managers have a part to play The CSIS is here to help

11 Nazir Afzal OBE Director, CPS London West; Service champion for advocacy; Higher Court Advocate. Foremost criminal justice practitioner Honour Crimes: organised CPS/Police conference on the subject in 2004 and given over 200 interviews in mainstream and S. Asian media. Involved with: National Muslim Safety Forum (CPS representative) Commission on British Muslims (Commissioner) Centre for Muslim Affairs (founding trustee). One of Muslim Power 100 and Asian Power 100. Named CPS Public Servant of the year (2007) and awarded Daily Mirror “People’s award” voted for by Mirror readers Honoured with an OBE in 2005 New Year’s Honours List.

12 Nazir Afzal OBE The personal journey Gaining confidence Challenging myself Importance of networks What you can do

13 About the CSIS The Civil Service Islamic Society was founded in 2005 with a remit to represent Muslims in the workplace and to policymakers Championed by Sir Gus O’Donnell Almost 200 members in 30 departments/agencies Run a series of events, including “Question the Misconception” with Sh. Ibrahim Mogra We have a quarterly newsletter and a website (www.CivilServiceIslamicSociety.org) with an address dedicated to answering your queries


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