The right people for the roles
Scotland's public bodies need skills, experience and understanding from every walk of life. It is therefore essential that there are no barriers to participating. Appointments are made on the basis of the skills, knowledge and qualities required to fill the role – and nothing else. Whatever the role, applications from everyone are welcome.
Statement from Scottish Ministers
"The Scottish Ministers ask that a wide and diverse range of individuals apply for ministerial appointments to public bodies. We appreciate the contribution many people already make to public appointments and are keen to see an increase in applications from those individuals who do not already hold a ministerial public appointment. Public bodies should give early consideration to how they can best attract a diverse range of suitably skilled and able people to their Boards".
For more information on how the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland and the Scottish Government are working together on diversity in public appointments, can be found below.
Our latest diversity report can be found here.
Diversity key facts – Public Appointment rounds undertaken in 2016
- The proportion of female applicants and appointments continues to increase.
- 43% of applicants and 59% of those appointed were women.
- 27% of applicants are from people aged 50 years and over. 31% of new appointments were over 50 years old.
- 5.5% of applicants and 1.0% of those appointed were from a minority ethnic background.
- 9.8% of applicants and 10.1% of those appointed declared a disability
- 4.7% of applicants declared that they belong to a non-Christian religion or belief with 2.0% being appointed.
- 4.4% of applicants declared they were lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or other non-heterosexual (LGBO). 7.1% of appointments were identified as LGBO
The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland also reports on progress in his annual report.