Magazine article Public Finance

On-Line Fast Stream Puts off Women

Magazine article Public Finance

On-Line Fast Stream Puts off Women

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The number of female graduates applying to join the civil service's fast-track scheme for high flyers has fallen dramatically.

Cabinet Office statistics published on June 20 show that just 3,343 women applied for the Fast Stream programme in 2004, compared with 4,106 in 1998. Over the same period, the number of male applicants increased from 4,931 to 5,255.

The number of ethnic minority candidates applying for the scheme has also fallen slightly, but applications from disabled candidates have risen by 3%, the Cabinet Office revealed.

Eleanor Laing, shadow minister for women, said that female graduates could be put off by the domination of male candidates across senior civil service posts.

'It may well be that young women... do not see role models that they can follow in the civil service,' she said.

The Cabinet Office said that declining application rates among women could also be attributed to the introduction of an on-line self-assessment service in 2004. …

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