Equality and Diversity

Some statistics

Some national equality statistics and facts for information.

The statistics are as follows:

  • The UK population is growing and becoming older. While White British remain the majority ethnic group, the UK is becoming more ethnically diverse.
  • In the UK 29.7% of academic staff are aged over 50 years
  • Over 8.5 million adults in the UK have a disability with almost 3.5 million disabled people already in work. 1 in 3 people is disabled or close to somenone who is. Only 5% of disabled people require wheelchairs.
  • Just under half [48%] of UK employees are women compared to two fifths in the 1970's.
  • 18.5% of Science Engineering and Technology [SET] workers were recorded as female in 2006 with little growth from 18.4% in 2001. However, female representation varies from sector to sector. For example in 2006, 39.8% of science professionals are female, whereas only 5.4% of engineering professionals are women.
  • Ethnic minority and cultural groups account for 8% of the UK population:- Asian or Asian British = 50%, Black or Black British = 25%, Mixed Race = 15%, Chinese = 5%, Other = 5%
  • Among UK nationals, 6.1% are from a black or minority ethnic (BME) background. This compares with 8.7% in the UK employed population. Among all academic staff, including international staff, the black or minority ethnic [BME] percentage is higher at 10.9%.
  • Christianity is the predominant faith in the UK & Europe
  • A third of the UK workforce now work flexible hours
  • Part time workers now constitute 31.9% of the UK workforce.
  • In the UK 62.7%, of all professional and support staff are women. Women represent 93.2% of secretaries/typists, receptionists and telephonists. Men represent 82.9% of chefs, gardeners, electrical and construction trades, mechanical fitters and printers, and 83.2% of drivers, maintenance supervisors and plant operatives. 49.7% of managers are women and 50.3% are men.
  • In the UK 41.6% of the undergraduate student population are male and 58.4% are female. The gender balance varies by subject. In the SET group of subjects, 62% are male and 38% female. By contrast, others are more female-dominated, such as subjects allied to medicine (just 16.4% male), education (20.5% male) and veterinary science (22.1% male)