21/10/2008

Diversity Plan Launched

Workers in the Northern Ireland Civil Service are set to benefit now that the organisation has published its definitive Employment Equality and Diversity Plan.

It identifies the key equality and diversity issues that the Northern Ireland Civil Service, as an employer, will address over the period 2008 to 2011.

The Service employs around 28,000 people supporting Ministers, developing policy and legislation and delivering or supporting key public services in areas such as health, education, regeneration, culture, agriculture, employment and transport.

Commenting on the plan, the Minister for Finance and Personnel, Nigel Dodds, said: "It is a stated aim of the Civil Service to be representative of the community it serves.

"The Service will continue to work hard to promote itself as an employer committed to equality and diversity and I would urge community and political leaders to play their part by encouraging citizens to recognise it as a public sector career of choice."

(BMcC)

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