Ethnicity of staff by grade

D. Moore made this Freedom of Information request to Information Commissioner’s Office

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

You recently provided me with a lot of information concerning the ethnicity of your staff, for which I am grateful:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

You relied on section 40(2) FOIA not to provide the detailed information I requested.

I would now like to request details of the ethnicity of your staff by grade, and in a way that its release would not contravene section 40(2). I note from the following information request disclosure that you have 441.19 FTE staff:

https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/d...

1. Please supply the information for:

i. Grades A-D (262.44 FTE); and
ii. grades E-H (178.5 FTE).

2. Please also confirm that the Commissioner still considers grades E to H as 'senior'.

Yours faithfully,

D Moore

AccessICOinformation, Information Commissioner’s Office

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Information Commissioner’s Office

14th December 2017

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0713039

 

Dear D Moore

Further to your email of 25 November 2017, we are now in a position to
respond to your request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA).
 
Your request
 
“You recently provided me with a lot of information concerning the
ethnicity of your staff, for which I am grateful:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...
 
You relied on section 40(2) FOIA not to provide the detailed information I
requested. I would now like to request details of the ethnicity of your
staff by grade, and in a way that its release would not contravene section
40(2).
 
I note from the following information request disclosure that you have
441.19 FTE staff:
https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/d...
1.
 
Please supply the information for: i. Grades A-D (262.44 FTE); and ii.
grades E-H (178.5 FTE). 2. Please also confirm that the Commissioner still
considers grades E to H as 'senior'.”

Our response
 
Please see the tables below:
 
Staff in Grades A-D: Total headcount = 301

Ethnic Origin Number of staff
(headcount)
Asian 12
Black 6 or fewer
Chinese 6 or fewer
Mixed ethnicity 7
Other ethnicities 6 or fewer
White (British, English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh) 257
White (any other white background) 6
Prefer not to say/no information recorded 11

 
 
Staff in Grades E-H: Total Headcount = 203
 

Ethnic Origin Number of staff
Asian 6 or fewer
Black 6 or fewer
Chinese 6 or fewer
Mixed ethnicity 6 or fewer
Other ethnicities 6 or fewer
White (British, English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh) 178
White (other backgrounds) 9
Prefer not to say/no information recorded 9

Although we do hold the actual numbers where they are recorded above as ‘6
or fewer’, we have not provided you with that number. This is because we
are of the opinion that to do could lead to the identity of individual
members of staff. This information is, therefore, exempt from disclosure
under section 40(2) of the FOIA by virtue of section 40 (3) (a) (i).
 
Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
 
(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also
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(a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1),
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We consider that the disclosure of this personal data would not be within
the reasonable expectations of these individuals and therefore would
breach the first data protection principle which requires personal data to
be processed fairly and lawfully.
 
With regard to point 2, grades E and above are senior grades.
 
This concludes our response to your request for information, we hope it is
helpful.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Debi Petch     Lead Information Access Officer
 
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
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D. Moore left an annotation ()

The phrase '6 or fewer' can mislead.

Of the senior grades, only 7 people (3.4%) identified as either:

Asian;
Black;
Chinese;
Mixed ethnicities; or
Other ethnicities.

Total headcount = 203

178 + 9 + 9 = 196

Of the lower grades 27 people (9%) identified as either:

Asian;
Black;
Chinese;
Mixed ethnicities; or
Other ethnicities.

Total headcount = 301

257 + 6 + 11 = 274

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