Women outnumber men in the public sector, not-profit sector and volunteering at a ratio of two to one. While the public sector recognizes the value of ensure its workforce is representative of the communities it serves, when it comes to Men and Boys, most public services are not representative.
In 2010, the council made a commitment “to improve the diversity of our staff to reflect the communities we serve” in its Single Equalities Scheme, yet there is no specific commitment to address the under-representation of men in key services such as education, health and social care.
Similarly, NHS Brighton commits to addressing the under representation of key communities with its workforce within its Single Equalities Scheme and, like the council, yet makes no specifc commitment to address the under-representation of men in key services such as education, health and social care.
Some of the key areas where men are under-represented include:
- Early Years education where around 97% of staff are women
- Family court services where 90% of Family Support Workers are women
- The council’s Children and Young Peoples Trust with where 81% of staff are women
- Brighton & Hove NHS where 72% of staff are women
- Mentoring where the majority of mentors are women
- Volunteering where women are twice as likely as men to volunteer locally
In 2011 we will continue to identify and publicize information about the sectors and services where Men and Boys are under-represented and explore possible action to address the issue.