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Equal Opportunities

Gender

  • 59% of the workforce in England is female, compared with 46% across all sectors in England.
  • 55% of the workforce in Scotland is female, compared with 47% across all sectors in Scotland.
  • 56% of the workforce in Wales is female, compared with 47% across all sectors in Wales.
  • 62% of the workforce in Northern Ireland is female, compared with 46% across all sectors in Northern Ireland.

Source: LLUK LMI report March 2010

Age

  • In England, 48% of the workforce is aged between 45-64 years, compared with 38% across all sectors in England. This is most evident within the libraries workforce, where 61% is aged 45 years or over.
  • In Scotland, 46% of the workforce is aged between 45-64 years, compared with 38% across all sectors in Scotland. This is most evident within the libraries workforce, where 67% is aged 45 or over. More critically almost half of this workforce is due to retire within the next ten years.
  • In Wales, 56% of the workforce is aged between 45-64 years, compared with 38% across all sectors in Wales.
  • In Northern Ireland, 46% of the workforce is aged between 45-64 years, compared with approximately 32% across the workforce for all sectors in Northern Ireland. 25% of the youth service workforce is aged between 18-25 years old and only 10% is over 50 years.

Source: LLUK LMI report March 2010 and Profile of the archives workforce in Northern Ireland, Lifelong Learning UK 2007

Ethnicity

  • 92% of the workforce is ‘white’.

Source: LLUK SSA Stage 1 UK Report 2006

Disability

  • 12% of the lifelong learning workforce in England has a disability.

Source: LLUK LMI report March 2010