Government wants more minorities

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25 October 2007, BRUSSELS – At the end of 2005 just 0.4 percent of the workforce of the Flemish government was of ethnic minority background. A year later that figure was 1.1 percent. At the end of 2006 the Flemish government employed 481 people of ethnic background. This has emerged from figures from Selor, the government's recruitment service. 75 percent of the minority workers work for five of the seven government bodies.

25 October 2007

BRUSSELS – At the end of 2005 just 0.4 percent of the workforce of the Flemish government was of ethnic minority background. A year later that figure was 1.1 percent. At the end of 2006 the Flemish government employed 481 people of ethnic background. This has emerged from figures from Selor, the government's recruitment service. 75 percent of the minority workers work for five of the seven government bodies.

The department that employs the most minorities – 207 at the end of 2006 – is the Flemish jobs agency VDAB, followed by public transport department De Lijn, Kind & Gezin [Child & Family], the government's general and technical services agency, and the University Hospital in Ghent, each of which employs about 50 people of ethnic background. Half of those employed are under the age of 27, and 75 percent are women. About half hold level D positions, meaning that their highest level of education is secondary school.

It is the first time that the Flemish government can publish figures on the number of minorities it employs. A registration system was used that allowed workers to voluntarily indicate whether they are of ethnic background.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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