BME Employment

Amer Akbar made this Freedom of Information request to Oxford City Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Oxford City Council,

I would like the breakdown of all employees according to ethnic and religious background of Oxford City Council employees for the past 5 years year beggining and year ending periods. I would also like to see the number of applicants for new jobs again based on BME breakdown and those succesful according to their ethnic and religious origins.

Yours faithfully,

Amer Akbar

Oxford City Council

Dear Amer Akbar

 

Thank for your email below, which was received on 26^th October 2012.  You
will be sent a response within 20 working days, as required under the
Freedom of Information Act. 

 

In the meantime, I should be grateful if you would clarify your definition
of new posts.  Are you referring to just newly created posts or do you
mean all vacancies?

 

Yours sincerely

 

Michael Newman

Corporate Secretariat Manager

 

 

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Dear Oxford City Council,

By new post I am referring to all vacancies advertised by the council.

Yours faithfully,

Amer Akbar

Oxford City Council

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Dear Amer Akbar

 

I refer to the acknowledgement below and your email of 29^th October
2012.  For the last two years, the information that you are seeking is
covered and contained within the Annual Workforce Equalities Report, which
the Council is required to publish as part of its reporting obligations
under the Equality Act 2010.  The reports are available on the Council’s
website via the following link:
([1]http://www.oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/decC...
However, I attach copies, for ease of reference. 

 

Unfortunately, information for the earlier years is not readily
accessible.  I estimate that it would take in excess of 18.5 hour to
obtain.  Therefore, I refuse this part of your request because the time
limit as defined by s12 of the Freedom of Information Act is likely to be
exceeded.

 

If you disagree with any part of this response, you are entitled to ask
the Council for an internal review of the decision(s) made.  You may do
this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either email -
[2][email address] - or by post to Monitoring Officer, Oxford City
Council, Town Hall, Oxford, OX1 1BX.  After the result of the internal
review, if you remain dissatisfied, you may ask the Information
Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may do this by writing to
the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire,
SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Michael Newman

Corporate Secretariat Manager

 

Michael Newman

Corporate Secretariat Manager

Chief Executive’s Office

Town Hall

St Aldate’s

Oxford

OX1 1BX

Telephone 01865 252140

 

 

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From: NEWMAN Mike On Behalf Of [Oxford City Council request email]
Sent: 29 October 2012 12:57
To: 'Amer Akbar'
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - BME Employment (FOI 2878)

 

Dear Amer Akbar

 

Thank for your email below, which was received on 26^th October 2012.  You
will be sent a response within 20 working days, as required under the
Freedom of Information Act. 

 

In the meantime, I should be grateful if you would clarify your definition
of new posts.  Are you referring to just newly created posts or do you
mean all vacancies?

 

Yours sincerely

 

Michael Newman

Corporate Secretariat Manager

 

 

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Dear Oxford City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Oxford City Council's handling of my FOI request 'BME Employment'.

I asked for details about the breakdown of employment for the last 5 years as I want to do some research on the impact of the reforms and its impact on BME employment. I have recieved information for the last year but need more historical data to look at trends etc...

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/bm...

Yours faithfully,

Amer Akbar

THOMAS Jeremy J., Oxford City Council

Dear Mr. Akber,
 
I refer to your request below for a review of the Council's response dated
6th November to your FOI request dated 26th October.
 
Your request was partially acceded to in that 2 years worth of data was
readily available and was disclosed to you. Data for the 3 years prior to
that was not readily available and the assessment of the HR service was
that the time it would take to compile that data was in excess of 18.5
hours. That part of your request was therefore refused.
 
Your request for a review simply re-stated your desire to have this
material. The purpose for which you require the material is irrelevant for
the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act. You will appreciate that
the Council has finite staff resources and the Act recognises that the
benefits of disclosure must be tempered by a recognition that the
resources of public bodies should not be unduly strained to compile data
to the satisfaction of individuals making FOI requests.
 
I can see nothing obviously wrong in the Council's response to your
request and therefore uphold the terms of the original response. If you
remain dissatisfied with the Council's response then you may appeal to the
Information Commissioner, the details for which you've been provided with
previously.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Jeremy Thomas.
 
Head of Law and Governance.
Oxford City Council.

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Dear THOMAS Jeremy J.,

Thank you for your response to my request. I do appreciate the finite resources the council has and therefore the need for prioritising these resources is very important. Though I believe that the request to look at this information in order to make assumptions on correlations between issues pertaining to employment and the proliferation of inequalities is an important one to analyse.

My request is to be used within the context of "democratising" public service delivery and if there is an issue in relation to poor or underperformance in a particular area then it is my duty as a citizen and a tax payer in the Oxford to raise the issue and work towards a solution to redress this imbalance.

I feel that as a public authority there is no reason why such data should not be held readily as one of the duties race relations act 2000 was the recording and monitoring of both service users and staff ethnicity breakdown.

For this reason I am unhappy with the decision and feel that the council could do more to provide me with this information before I contemplate approacing the information commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Amer Akbar

Yours sincerely,

Amer Akbar

THOMAS Jeremy J., Oxford City Council

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Dear Mr.Akbar,

Thank you for your further letter. As I indicated previously the purpose
for which you need the material is irrelevant. It either exists or it
doesn't. The Authority is not under a duty to compile the data in
circumstances where it would take too long to do so. I am sorry but I
cannot assist you further.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Thomas.

Jeremy Thomas
Head of Law and Governance
Oxford City Council
Town Hall
Oxford
OX1 1BX
Tel: 01865 252224

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