Policy paper: Talent Action Plan: Removing the barriers to success

Civil Service Reform

March 26
17:43 2015


Part of the Civil Service Reform agenda, the Talent Action Plan introduces a series of new measures to ensure the Civil Service is among the most female-friendly employers in the country, and the most talented people succeed and reach the top positions, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or disability.

Proposals include:

  • all-male shortlists for senior recruitment and all-male selection panels will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances
  • all departments will nominate board-level diversity champions, with the power to drive change
  • all Permanent Secretaries and Directors-General will mentor one or more junior employees
  • action to provide women with more tailored support before, during and after maternity leave.
Published 5 September 2014
Last updated 26 March 2015 +show all updates
  1. Updated Talent Action Plan published with new sections on Clear Leadership, Talent and Capability produced in response to 3 independent reports looking at staff experiences who are disabled (or with serious health issues), BAME or LGB&T.
  2. First published.

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