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Public Sector Leadership 5,000 (2014)

A groundbreaking new survey into the diversity of staff working in 5,000 of the top leadership roles within the public and voluntary sectors reveals that ethnic minorities and women remain significantly under-represented. Strikingly, the statistics also reveal that despite the legal obligation on public bodies to promote equality and diversity in their staff, their performance is actually worse in many areas than FTSE100 companies.

This survey maps the gender and ethno-cultural diversity of selected board and executive leaders in public organisations and charities. The first and largest survey of its kind, it breaks down public service leadership by gender, ethnicity and cultural background, and analyses the top two layers of leadership. It follows the publication earlier this year of the Green Park Leadership 10,000 survey of FTSE100 companies, thereby allowing bench-marking comparison between the sectors.

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