Northern Ireland Public Appointments – perception/ reality?

boardroom-men The 2013/2014 Public Bodies and Public Appointments report has been published.

Available at http://www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/index/making-government-work/public-appointments/public-appointments-annual-reports.htm  The report provides an overview of the public appointments held during the 13/14 year. It also provides more detail on the board make up, the individual members, their remuneration levels and appointment terms. On review there is not much change from the previous year. As the report  shows, women, people under 40 years of age, people from a minority ethnic background and people with disabilities continue to be under-represented amongst public appointees. Here are some quick stats to give you a flavour.  This over view raise many questions and ultimately when you look at the broader picture there has not been much change in over the years. HHow can we change the face of our public appointments?

All stats below refer to the period ending 31st March 2014 – unless otherwise stated:

  • There were 105 Non Departmental Public Bodies
  • There were 1411 Public Appointments held
  • Number of appointments/re-appointments made in the period 290
  • Number of applications received during the period 904 (average – 3 applications per appointment)
  • Public Appointments held by women 510 (36%) up 2% from the previous year
  • 46% (17 Chairs and 632 board members) were unpaid
  • 44% (15 Chairs and 610 board members) attracted remuneration below £10,000 per annum
  • 10% (64 Chairs and 73 board members) attracted remuneration of £10,000 or more per annum
  • 1 person holds 5 Public Appointments
  • 2 People hold 4 Public Appointments each
  Aged under 30 Aged 30 – 39 Aged 40 – 49
Appointments/Re-appointments held during period 11 (4%) 19 (7%) 34 (12%)
Applications received during the period 15 (2%) 59 (7%) 139 (15%)
  Declared disability Minority Ethnic Background
Appointments during the period 5 (2%) 2 (1%)
Applications during the period 23 (3%) 16 (2%)
Applications received break down – women – disability – ethnic
Total Applications received in the period Number of applications made by women Number of applications from a minority ethnic background Number of applications who declared a disability
904 279 (31%) 16 (2%) 23 (3%)