Enhanced Efforts to Increase Female Participation at Senior Levels in the Civil Service
Issued 17 September 2015
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform today (17 September 2015) announced proposals to help increase female participation at senior levels in the Civil Service.
The Civil Service Renewal Plan recognises the clear need to continue to increase female participation at senior levels in the Civil Service. To this end, the Civil Service Renewal Plan contains a commitment to improve gender balance at each level by reviewing supports and policies to ensure these are impactful and measurable.
Robert Watt, Secretary General at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and Civil Service Spokesperson welcomed the proposed approach and stated:
“The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is committed to improving the gender balance at senior levels in the Civil Service. We will work with other Government Departments and agencies to deliver on that aim, building on a pilot programme that has just been undertaken".
Recently, the Department of Justice and Equality, with the assistance of funding from the EU's PROGRESS programme and supported by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has undertaken a pilot mentoring and leadership development programme to increase the number of women in the top decision-making levels of the Civil Service. The pilot was cross-Departmental with female Principal Officers from each of the 16 Government Departments participating in the programme. The participants received executive coaching, mentoring and leadership development training which is focused at the competencies required at the Assistant Secretary General grade.
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has indicated that it will support the mainstreaming of this programme more widely across Departments and Offices in conjunction with a renewed Learning and Development model for the Civil Service which is currently being developed. The programme will be complementary to a new approach to developing future leaders at senior levels in the Civil Service which is currently being developed under the Renewal Plan.